Paragraph describing a telecommunications system enabling hearing- and speech-impaired people to use the phone.
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