Thread Subject: Re: Requirements for telephone amplification
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From: Brett, Thomas F
Date: Wed, Nov 08 2006 9:00 AM
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I concur fully. That could be one of the recommendations that needs to come out of these subcommittees...remove this general exception.
But when the Access Board does its Economic Impact it will say that for this new 'product' it will cost $$$ more to deploy it that if we only allowed people with disabilities to have it. For example, supplying screen reader technology to a small agency of 3,000 people would cost in excess of $3,000,000. When the product being deployed cost only $500,000, it does not seem reasonable. The same argument can be made for telephones. I am aware of a telephone that that costs $495 per desk set that meets everything we have talked about in this subcommittee thus far. The normal desk set costs from $150 - $200. How would there be a good justification to the tax payers for buing a phone for everyone that costs $495.
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