Emergency Weather Radios For The Deaf One of Many Items on Display At Expo

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Signal Centers’ Assistive Technology Services will host the 4th annual FREE Technology Expo on Thursday, June 19, from 1 – 6 p.m., for the deaf and hard of hearing community at the Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road.  The Expo will feature technology to help those who are deaf or hard of hearing maintain an active, independent lifestyle, and will include exhibits and demonstrations of the latest technology, services and organizations available to Southeast Tennessee. 

One featured item that is particularly important this time of year is the emergency weather radio for the deaf.

  Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing deserve the same warning as other residents when a weather crisis arises.  “These weather radios will give an opportunity for every family to be better prepared and to quickly move to safety in the event of a storm,”  said CEO Donna McConnico.

The weather radio flashes a strobe light as well as vibrating a bed shaker whenever there is a severe weather watch or warning announcement.  In addition, the LCD display on the radio will indicate what type of alert it is.  “Though they may not be able to hear the broadcast on the radio of all the details, the person will be alerted and can then turn on the TV and get the information through the captioning provided with the broadcast there,” said Steve Powell, Signal Centers’ assistive technology coordinator.

Signal Centers’ Assistive Technology Expo is sponsored by Interpreting Associates, and is hoping to have over 25 vendors on hand to demonstrate technology as well as distribute information on social and instructional organizations.  Vendors interested in showcasing technology and services may call Steve Powell, at 423-629-4174.  Over 250 individuals and their families are expected to attend and parking is free. “This will be our 4th year hosting this unique expo and it just gets better with every year,” Mr. Powell said.




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