Thursday, October 27, 2016

My New Amplified Telephone

Yesterday afternoon, I went to the Space Coast Center for Independent Living (SCCIL) in Rockledge to get a volume control telephone. After an intake interview, I had the opportunity to try out four phones with different features. I chose the cordless amplified Clarity Professional telephone with Caller ID (pictured below), which enables its user to turn up the volume higher than regular phones. The red parts of the phone light up when it rings. The Clarity Professional phone is one of several phones provided for free by Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (FTRI); however, if its user moves out of Florida or no longer needs the phone, it must be returned. John Barone, the telecommunications specialist who showed me how the phone works, recently received the Getting Results Award from Channel 6 for his 18 years of volunteering for the SCCIL ( To find out how you can get a phone from FTRI, go to