November 28, 2012
Public Access Videophones at Houston Airports and Central Library
New Public Access Videophones (PAV) with Video Relay Service (VRS) have been recently installed at the Houston Airport System and the Central Houston Public Library. Funded by federal grants, the devices are designed for use by persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and whose primary language is American Sign Language (ASL) and provide a way to communicate by using the service through a computer with a built-in camera.
There are currently six PAVs at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), one in each terminal, and four PAVs at Hobby Airport. The Houston Central Public Library at 500 McKinney Street, Houston 70002, now has 12 portable computers with videophone applications. A stationary videophone is available at the Access Center on the first floor of the library, with a free-standing PAV nearby.
For more information about the PAVs, or to see maps of where they are located at both IAH and Hobby, visit www.fly2houston.com/PAV or contact Caroline Schneider at Caroline.Schneider@houstontx.gov. For more information about the the Houston Public Library PAVs, visit www.houstonlibrary.org/access-center.
To learn more about the the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, a division of the Department of Neighborhoods, visit www.houstontx.gov/disabilities or call 713.284.1990.