When George Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law, the executives of Trident Technologies, in New York City, really were reading his lips. They introduced a videotex-based telecommunications system enabling hearing-and speech-impaired people to use the phone. Developed and manufactured through an alliance with French giant Alcatel, the Trident terminals plug into telephones, allowing two-way communication at higher speeds, with more capabilities and at lower costs than other computer-based systems offer, according to Trident's CEO Chuck Polle. With 24 million hearing-impaired Americans, Trident's already sizable market will grow even larger as hotels, public facilities, and businesses comply with the law, Polle says. -- Anne Murphy

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