We Initiated Deaf VideoPhone Service in 3 places in AZ. The 1st was in Maricopa (City) followed by Casa Grande. Both are in Pinal County, south of Phoenix.

Tylin Promotions’ Deaf Sensitivity Training Announce the Launch of VideoPhone Service

We’re happy to have initiated the installation of a Deaf video phone system in the Maricopa (City) Public Library and the two Casa Grande Public Libraries, branches in the Pinal County Library System, in Arizona. This enables people who are deaf or hard of hearing and who use ASL (American Sign Language) as their primary means of communication, to make phone calls to others who use ASL and have similar equipment. They can even communicate with people who can hear. Applications for iPads, tablets, computers and smartphones enable this population to use the service while mobile. It is also totally FREE to use and to have installed.

The “VP,” as it’s commonly referred to, is our “gift” via Sorenson VRS, the leading operator of communication systems for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Grand Opening of the service took place on August 20, 2018 at the library’s location on Smith-Enke Rd (Rt 238) in Maricopa City, AZ.

The equipment and service, calls included, are free in all aspects to the City, the County and all users, nor does one have to be a library patron or a resident to use them.

The launch festivities included Eric Surber, Library Manager,the host; Christian Price, Mayor, City of Maricopa: Cindy Price, the Mayor’s wife; Thomas C. O’Halleran, U. S. Congressman, District 1-Arizona; Blanca Varela, District Director, U. S. Congress; Fred Greenspan, President of Tylin Promotions; William Prentice, (placing the first call); Amber Kent, Library Manager. Other invited guests were Deanna Davis, Librarian, Casa Grande Public Library; Mark Lamb, Sheriff, Pinal County; Glen Swavely, Captain, Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS); Kent Volkmer, Pinal County Attorney; Jill Broussard, Pinal County Superintendent of Schools; Steve Frazier, Chief Information Officer, Pinal County Information Technology; John Ramey, Regional Manager, Sorenson Communications-Providers of the VP service among several other products.

Witnesses smiled as the first official call was placed to our nation’s capital in Washington, DC, by William Prentice, Maricopa resident, who is Deaf. The City’s Mayor, Christian Price and his wife Cindy, who signs, used the service,. Fred Greenspan, President of Tylin Promotions and developer of the deaf sensitivity training class, I Never Gave THAT A Thought! coordinated the event.