Apr 25, 2011

Public Access Videophone

A public videophone installed at Central Lakes College on the Brainerd campus across from the computer commons will mean better access for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community at CLC. This site was selected due to its location that is always open and which can serve as a public access point for anyone attending community events on campus. It is made possible by Project Endeavor, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The project operates with an emphasis toward deaf and hard-of-hearing job seekers and also those transition students transitioning from "school to work" programs. The purpose is to bring Internet services to America's deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Communication Service for the Deaf received a grant to improve broadband access, and CSD contributed Public Access Videophones to organizations such as CLC at no charge, providing the recipient agrees to provide broadband service. Stephanie Nutt, Pillager, sampled the device by communicating through American Sign Language with an interpretive service at another location. CLC is currently the only public site to have a PAV between Duluth and St. Cloud.