Accessible Communication

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10 Considerations for Direct Dial TTY in Contact Centers

Contact Centers are required by federal law to service Deaf and hard-of-hearing consumers through TTY. For many companies, this means routing the call to 711 relay operators, which can jeopardize the customer experience. So today, we are diving into the advantages and disadvantages of managing direct TTY dial-in numbers. Here are some points to consider if you are considering implementing a customer-friendly TTY solution in your contact center through a direct-dial partner, like NexTalk.

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The Benefits of Secure ADA-Compliant Communication for Call Centers

Communication plays a vital role in our daily lives, yet we often overlook its importance. Unfortunately, people with hearing impairments face significant communication challenges, so the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates businesses to provide reasonable accommodations and equal access. This includes accessible communication for those who are deaf, hard of hearing, or non-English speaking.

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ADA Regulations Your Company Should Know

The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act was created to bring equality and access to all Americans. For the Deaf and hard of hearing, this means equal access to the communication that hearing people enjoy at no additional cost.  At home, these services are paid for by the Federal Government through the TRS fund. But at work, many don't realize it is the employees' responsibility to provide services for employees and customers. Failure to do so can result in fines and more importantly   reputation harm. 
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How a Reliable SaaS partner can make providing Direct Dial TTY easy.

A reliable SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) partner can make providing Direct Dial TTY (Teletypewriter) services easy by offering a comprehensive and user-friendly solution that simplifies the process of setting up, managing, and maintaining Direct Dial TTY services. Luckily for contact centers, creating a direct TTY connection is made easy by partners like NexTalk. NexTalk is a cloud-based accessible communication platform that provides contact centers with integrated TTY (Teletypewriter) services for Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. NexTalk works directly with contact center architects to implement secure TTY solutions and provide exceptional customer support to your Deaf and hard-of-hearing customers. Here are the reasons why NexTalk is the best solution. 

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FCC Seeks Comment on NexTalk Application

On February 17, 2022, the FCC released a Public Notice seeking comment on an application filed by NexTalk, Inc., for certification to provide Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) using fully automatic IP CTS.

NexTalk has submitted the application with the hopes of making AccessHome SpeechPath accessible to all hard-of-hearing individuals who need captions to communicate effectively and make it available at no cost to consumers under the government-reimbursable IP CTS program. 

Communications Dailycovered in full detail. 

As of May 2023, NexTalk is still awaiting comment and ruling from the FCC.

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