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FAX Technology

  • By: Elizabeth Rholetter Purdy
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

As technologies have advanced, so have the means of communication devices available to the deaf. As newer technologies have been introduced, earlier communication tools have been replaced with those that are easier to use and which may be used to communicate with hearing family and friends as well as with other members of the Deaf community. The FAX is considered an “adventitious” technology because it was created as a means for general communication rather than as a device for the deaf. Once it was introduced on the market, however, the FAX came to be viewed as a valuable tool for deaf communication because it did not require large financial outlays or call for additional equipment to meet the needs of deaf users.

The telefax, usually shortened ...

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