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

We’re happy to have initiated the installation of a Deaf video system in the Maricopa (City) Public Library and the two Casa Grande Public Libraries, branches of 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.

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, AZ.

Although the VPs are installed and working in the Casa Grande Public Libraries, the official Grand Opening is still in the works.

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, 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 Brousard, 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 others.

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.

Plans to instal a VideoPhone system in a Town of Babylon recreation building are being set for October 2019. Babylon Town has a population of 215,000!