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Collection of Compact Portable TDD, NTID Deaf Professionals Group newsletters and NICD bookmarks

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITDSA-0148

Scope and Contents

There are four 2 inch by 8.5 inch bookmarks produced by The National Information Center on Deafness at Gallaudet College in Washington, D.C. They each have tips for educating people about deafness. One says "What do these people have in common? Hearing loss." The second says "Make these ABCs part of your language" and has hand signs for each letter. The third asks "How does a deaf person...Special devices using flashing lights..." and the fourth says "Tips to help you communicate with a person who is hard of hearing...

The three newsletters were produced at NTID by the Deaf Professionals Group, formed to be a "united voice" in a deaf/hearing work environment. The newsletter includes articles about events taking place at NTID, conferences, courses, committees, and people at NTID. Many were written and edited by Tony Naturale.

The Ultratec Compact portable TDD has a keyboard on one side and the coupler (where the phone connects) and the display on the other. It folds together and closes into a hard case for protection.


  • Creation: 1990-1999


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Historical Information: Background of the TDD

In 1963, Dr. Robert H. Weitbrecht, an American physicist who was deaf, developed an acoustic coupler that could send and receive teletypewriter signals over the telephone lines. His invention, the Weitbrecht Modem, enabled people who are deaf to use the telephone for the first time. While modern technology now makes it possible to build advanced microcomputer devices like the Ultratec Compact TTY, the Weitbrecht modem remains the major technological breakthrough that began telecommunications for the deaf.

Now with technological advances, the deaf can have wireless telephone access by connecting devices like the Compact/C to any compatible cellular phone and enjoy the convenience of wireless calling anytime, anywhere. Designed specifically for use with select digital cell phones, the Compact/C connects directly to the jack of compatible phones for easy calling on the go.


.5 Linear Feet (1 half document box, 1 small flat box)




Collection of three items received from RIT NTID librarian, Joan Naturale. The portable TDD was one used by Naturale, the bookmarks she collected, and the newletters were given to her by her brother, Tony Naturale who was a writer for the newsletter.


The newsletters and bookmarks are in a folder together. The TTY is inside the box.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was donated to the RIT Archives in December 2015 by Joan Naturale.

Accession number(s): 2015:108

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Physical Description

The portable TDD is in a black, hard plastic case.


Compact TTY measures 9 inches in length by 7.5 inches wide when open.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in February 2016.

Collection of Compact Portable TDD, DPG newsletters and NICD bookmarks
RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
Jody Sidlauskas
2 February 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA