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The Technology Access Program (TAP) conducts research related to communication technologies and services, with the goal of producing knowledge useful to industry, government, and deaf and hard of hearing consumers in the quest for equality in communications. The program provides education to Gallaudet students through coursework and mentored research projects related to TAP's research mission.

TAP is one of Gallaudet University’s research centers and has faculty affiliated with the Department of Communication Studies.

Telecom Access Survey
The Technology Access Program is currently running a survey on Telecommunications Access by Adults who are Hard of Hearing, Deaf or have Hearing Loss, which you can take here.
Needed: TTY Users or Family/Friends of TTY Users
The Technology Access Program (TAP) at Gallaudet University is looking for individuals to participate in a study that will allow TTY users to communicate with friends and family members who do not use TTYs. The study will last for up to 8 weeks, with participants making at least one call per week. For more information,
April 25, 2013
The Technology Access Program presented the results of the IP Captioned Telephone Service Survey to the FCC.
April 23, 2013
The Technology Access Program has released a web-based implementation of real-time text that integrates with Google Talk.
Current Projects

The RERC on Telecommunications Access is a joint project with the Trace Center, University of Wisconsin – Madison.  Learn more about the research being conducted by the Technology Access Program at Gallaudet.

The RERC is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education.

TAP staff also participate in the VL2 Science of Learning Center at Gallaudet University and collaborate with Gallaudet’s Department of Hearing Speech and Language Sciences.

Information Resources

These links lead to papers, references, tutorials, presentation slides, conference proceedings and other information.


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