I would love to continue this discussion off the forum.My state has a system in place to allow those residents with TTY to communicate with people without TTY. No video calling is necessary. An operator is in the middle, and reads the TTY to the person without TTY, then translates the response from the voice end to a typed form for the TTY device. It even works with telebraille devices. It is a toll-free number that can be used by anyone in the state.
We pay a small tax on each landline throughout the state, then the state awards a contract every two years on a bid process to provide the operators and services. Over the years, the tax has actually gone DOWN, because of email and smart phones that will allow users to text and email or communicate directly via computer services.
My point is that there are other methods of communication.
@Nate Hergert , it sounds as though you are a sighted person. This means that text messaging is possible for you. Therefore, while I appreciate that you prefer to use video calling, when you are not within a WiFi area, you do have alternatives at least part of the time for other methods of communication unless you are a hearing impaired person trying to communicate with a sight-impaired person. In that case, you might need an intermediary, but maybe not. Technology does a lot to intervene. Maybe you should use more text messaging and email when you are traveling.
Sorry, but I don't believe your rights have been infringed.
Oh, BTW, I'm an educator. Over the years, I have worked with students who are hearing impaired, vision impaired and physically impaired. I'm currently using a wheelchair for an unforeseen amount of time. I appreciate all that the ADA has done, as it means I can get to and from work and around campus. I means that every building has an elevator and I can always find a restroom that will allow me to take care of business. I will fight for real issues, but this just isn't one.
In the meantime, my counter argument is that what if the deaf person doesn't know how to read? They are more likely to be taught ASL. Why should a deaf person be opressed or take away their right to call people? TTY doesn't help, texting doesn't help. Texting to 911 isn't available to all areas. Signing to other people is 50% faster than texting or typing for that matter.
I don't know about you but I rather not have to wake up from a car accident and realize that I lost use of wrists but can use fingers, but I can't text. But I can call vrs for emergency. I want all options to be available.
If those options are available for hearing people through phone service, I should have access to that too.