Christmas is a time when family and friends get together to relax and have peaceful holiday conversations. Being able to communicate without barriers with loved ones is a cherished experience. Chilling out in the living room and sharing stories at a holiday party is a gift.Spending time together is what bonds us. When deaf or hard of hearing (more…)
These are Fresno City College’s own words about how the UbiDuo is impacting their campus for the hearing staff and the students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Why did Fresno City College purchase the UbiDuos?
In an ongoing effort to continue to promote communication access among our constituents:
students, staff, faculty, and community members, we wanted to provide an alternative,additional option toward bridging communication. The 15 UbiDuo serve as an excellent means to facilitate brief text conversations between Deaf and hearing communities. They are portable, easily accessible, user-friendly and allow for efficient communication to occur for brief questions and answers and conversations at various departmental counters.
How do the students and faculty feel after using the UbiDuo to communicate freely with each other?
“After using the UbiDuo I feel empowered to communicate with Deaf students where otherwise I would rely mostly on using pencil and paper to communicate.I have limited ASL skills, so the UbiDuo works great to supplement my communication.
This device is also awesome for non ASL users who have brief communication encounters with Deaf students across our campus”
-Ryan J. Blodgett
What are your thoughts about the stude nts and faculty being able to hold their conversations on the UbiDuo?
Often times students have quick questions or comments that can be readily answered via text so having the UbiDuo accessible and ready is another great option to accommodate communication for both Deaf and hearing people. Interpreters cannot always be available, not everyone knows ASL, and often quick daily business can still successfully occur when there is another form of communication available. The UbiDuo seems to fulfill that purpose for our students, staff, and faculty. It is also more convenient than using a paper and pen and eco-friendly because we don’t waste paper and ink!
What situations are the UbiDuos being used in such as meetings or other functions?
Currently, the UbiDuos at Fresno City College, are used primarily at the front counters of various departments; such as, Admissions & Records, Learning Resource Center, Library, Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSP&S),
Financial Aid, Campus Police Department and our DSP&S Interpreter Office. Our goal is to have the remaining UbiDuos distributed across our campus by the end of the Fall 2008 semester at the following departments:
Psychological Services, Tutorial Services and Health Services. What would you like to say to other universities or colleges that have deaf/hard of hearing students? Today’s modern age of technology and communication go hand in hand. Itcan be a frustrating experience to approach a counter where a common language or form of communication may not be shared so when there is a bridge that can amend that for brief moments, it can make a big difference in how a given college, business, agency, entity is perceived. Having the UbiDuos available means we as a college are sending a message that says we value YOU! I am a strong proponent of access to communication because effective communication leads to opportunities. When people are afforded a variety of ways to communicate, people can continue to conduct their daily routines, live independently, access resources, initiate questions and comments, essentially- people can participate. The UbiDuo is not meant to replace American Sign Language or interpreters;
rather it affords Deaf/ hard of hearing and hearing people an additional way to communicate and participate so that
they may not be displaced!
Here is the link to the video of how Fresno City College is using the UbiDuo to communicate with their students who are deaf or hard of hearing. http://www.scommonline.com/video
Right on Schedule
On November 3, 2008, sComm received confirmation from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) that the UbiDuo was finally added to the GSA Advantage schedule. If you are reading this and you work for the federal government, you can now order a UbiDuo from the GSA schedule! The GSA schedule number is GS35F0033V. Now you are only now one step closer to experiencing the freedom of communication using the UbiDuo face-to-face communication device.
UbiDuo Tip – Reverse Video feature (Alt+F5)
The UbiDuo has a feature called “reverse video”. When this is activated, the white background with black font reverses to a black background with white font. It was designed to reduce glare for people with vision problems. Press the Alt key and F5 to activate reverse video. To return it to the original background, just press Alt+F5 again. Order now for your campus! The UbiDuo is $1995. The price includes shipping, the UbiDuo carrying case, one year of free firmware updates and a one-year warranty. Find out more information about the UbiDuo a www.scommonline.com or call us at 1-866-505-7008. Contact us today and order your UbiDuo! Find out more information about the UbiDuo at www.scommonline.com or call us at 1-866-505-7008. Contact us today and order your UbiDuo!
Have a Wonderful Fall!
An autumn message from the CEO, Jason Curry Can you believe fall is already here, and the holidays are around the corner? School has been in session for 8 – 10 weeks, depending where youlive, which means this is a good time for me to share with you how well the UbiDuo works in colleges and universities across the country and, more specifically, Fresno City College in California. Fresno CityCollege has experienced a major shift in the landscape of face-to-face (more…)
The UbiDuos are programmed with 11 emoticons that you can use during your chat sessions.
To access the emoticon list, press F1. Press Esc to return to the chat session, and then press the function key for the emoticon you want to use. Emoticons ar e listed below. (more…)
Employee with the LIFE Center These are Miranda’s own words about how she feels about the UbiDuo.
1) How do you feel after using the UbiDuo to communicate freely with hearing people in your office?
The UbiDuo makes me feel more involved and relaxed knowing I didn’t have to try to hard to understand what was (more…)
The face of sComm is changing! Or, let freedom ring!
A Summer message from the CEO, Jason Curry Did you have an explosive 4th of July weekend? Asthe weather heats up, so does the action here at sComm. I have exciting news to share with you this month: sComm has a brand new image! (more…)