Webinar: Assistive Technology for Effective Distance Communication

Maine’s Deaf Services’ Equipment Programs

Program Description

Recorded: December 4, 2019 – CapTel Caption PhoneDisability Rights Maine (DRM) Deaf Services administers Maine’s two assistive technology equipment loan programs for distance communication: Telecommunication Equipment Program (TEP) and the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP).

In this webinar, participants will learn about:

  • Maine Relay and the variety of services that help people with disabilities use the telephone.
  • How Maine’s Telecommunication Equipment Program helps low-income Mainers stay connected.
  • The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Program and the equipment, training, and support that is available for low-income Mainers who experience a combination vision and hearing loss.


  • Debra Bare-Rogers, TRS/Outreach Advocate – Debra Bare-Rogers works to promote access to telecommunication for people who have difficulty using the telephone. At DRM, she performs outreach for the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) program. Previously, she worked for the TEP and other Relay outreach programs. She has served as an HLAA board member and volunteered as the ASL interpreting scheduler for local recovery groups. In June 2017, Debra was certified as a “Hearing Loss Peer Mentor” through Gallaudet University. As a woman with adult-onset hearing loss, she shares her personal journey to work with individuals with hearing loss throughout Maine
  • Lisa Penney, TEP Advocate – Lisa Penney joined DRM as an advocate in 2018. Lisa has lived in Maine for all of her life. She is the sixth generation of a large, vibrant Deaf family, with many members who are Deaf and others who experience progressive hearing loss. She has worked in the field of assistive technology for over 13 years and is certified as a “Hearing Loss Peer Mentor” through Gallaudet University.  Lisa is thrilled to be able to bring her communications technology expertise to Disability Rights Maine to assist others with hearing loss.
  • Scott Murray, NDBEDP Advocate – Scott Murray has been the coordinator for Maine’s Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution program since 2013, and has been working with Deaf-Blind people for over 20 years, starting with his training as support service provider (SSP) in 1994 in Boston. Scott worked as a freelance sign language interpreter for 11 years, and has worked with deaf-blind community members as an SSP, interpreter, Braille tutor, literacy tutor, and note-taker. Scott has also been a piano tuner for his entire working life. When not at DRM, Scott can be found walking practically anywhere, reading Eastern philosophy, or transcribing matters of interest.


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