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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.

IP Transition

We provide information on the transition from analog phone line to all-Internet communications - especially as relates to real-time text.

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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