Bell Atlantic Donates Assistive Equipment

Bell Atlantic Donates Assistive Equipment

September 9, 1997

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Cliff Lee


ALBANY, NY -- Teletypewriters and other specialized telephone

devices are being donated by Bell Atlantic to Northeastern New York

agencies devoted to helping persons with disabilities. In turn, the

agencies will loan the equipment to their clients.

The agencies to benefit from the Bell Atlantic program include the

Adirondack Regional Technology Project, SUNY Plattsburgh, 101 Broad

Street, Suite 227, Plattsburgh; the Independent Living Center of the

Hudson Valley, Inc., Hudson Office, Fairview Plaza, 160 Fairview Avenue,

Hudson; the North Country Center for Independence, 159 Margaret Street,

Plattsburgh; and the Northeastern Association for the Blind, 310

Washington Avenue, Albany.

In addition, to the Teletypewriters (TTYs), Bell Atlantic is donating

volume-control handsets, weak speech handsets, call alert devices, loud

tone ringers and two-way radio communication devices. A TTY sends

typewritten words over telephone lines to another TTY.

Further information about borrowing the equipment may be obtained by

contacting the local agencies or Bell Atlantic Community Relations

managers Elaine Scaia-Harbinger and Marion Mittler at 1-800-698-1057.

The new Bell Atlantic -- formed through the merger of Bell Atlantic and

NYNEX -- is at the forefront of the new communications, information and

entertainment industry. With 40 million telephone access lines and 5.5

million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier

providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in

wireless services and the world's largest publishers of directory

information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest

investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations

and investments in 21 countries.