Method and apparatus for assisting speech and hearing impaired subscribers using the telephone and central office

  • US 6,546,082 B1
  • Filed: 05/02/2000
  • Issued: 04/08/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/02/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for communications in a network that includes a Central Office and an Advance Intelligent Network system, wherein the Central Office is coupled to a plurality of user units, the method on the Advance Intelligent Network system comprising the steps of:

  • receiving a communication session request from a first party using a first user unit; and

    determining if the first party is speech-impaired, and if the first party is speech impaired, then performing the sub-steps of;

    prompting the first party for text input includes providing a screen menu and interface, over an Internet protocol, for typing thereinto by the first party and providing an option for the first party to indicate if, a response by the second party, to a first message sent by the first party is permitted, prior to receiving a second message from the first party;

    receiving the text input from the first party; and

    converting the text input, using a Text-to-Speech resource, to an audio output; and

    sending the audio output to a second party.

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