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CapTel captioned telephone

 Collection — Carton: 1
Identifier: RITDSA-0196

Content Description

Collection is one Model 880i CapTel captioned telephone, designed for people with low vision or who have difficulty reading standard-sized captions. The CapTel 880i uses telephone service and an Internet connection to give user the best of both worlds – voice and captions – during calls. Features include:

Captions can be turned on/off as needed
Built in Answering Machine
Extra large display screen
Adjustable font sizes and colors including extra large font option
Phone book stores frequently called numbers (95+ names)
WiFi compatible

User dials the other person’s number, exactly the same way as with any other telephone. Once dialed, the phone automatically connects to a free captioning service. When the other party answers, user hears everything they say – just like a traditional call. The captioning service transcribes everything they say into captions, so deaf persons can read it.


  • Creation: circa 2018

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is available to all researchers.

Biographical / Historical

A captioned telephone (or CapTel) operates the same as a regular phone with one additional feature, it displays every word the caller says throughout the conversation. CapTel phone users can listen to the caller, and can also read the written captions in the CapTel’s bright display window. CapTel phones work with a Captioning Service as part of a federally-funded program that supports telephone accessibility for people with hearing loss. No costs for the Captioning Service are passed on to consumers – no monthly fees, no service agreements.


1 Box(es) (Carton)




Collection is one captioned telephone with number/letter keypad and 10 inch viewing screen, cord and handset.


Collection is one item.

Physical Location

C.S. North, Shelf 274

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was donated to the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive in November 2018 by Joan Naturale.

Processing Information

Fiinding aid was created by Jody Sidlauskas in March 2019.

Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA