A Quantum Change in Deaf People’s Lives: From Text to Videotelephony

By Phil Harper, Barrie O’Connor and Janet Owens.

Published by The Technology Collection

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An important change has occurred in the way deaf people communicate on the telecommunication network with the advent of videocommunication. Current research explores this quantum change.

Keywords: Deaf People, Sign Language, Telecommunications, Videocommunications, Research

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 2, Issue 6, pp.25-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.242MB).

Phil Harper

Phil Harper Melbourne, Australia. Currently completing a PhD study at Deakin University, Melbourne in “Adoption of VideooverIP by Deaf people in the workplace.” The VIDEOover IP research was funded by an Australian Research Council SPIRT grant awarded to Prof Barrie O'Connor (formerly Deakin University) and Janet Owens (Deakin University) and an Australian Postgraduate Award(s) Industry (APAI) scholarship to Phil Harper.” Conference presentations:  TDI International bi-ennial Conference, New Orleans, USA. July 2005 “Deaf people communicating by Video in the workplace.”  RESNA 2005 Conference, Atlanta, USA. June 2005. “Reflections of a Research Insider Conducting Qualitative Research in Sign Language.”  COMET & VELIM Conference, Sydney, Australia. June 2005. “Implications of a Video Relay Interpreting (VRI) service for Deaf people in Healthcare settings.”  ASLIA & AUSIT Conference, Melbourne, Australia. October, 2004. “A Video Relay Service in Australia – what will it mean for Auslan interpreters?”  DeafView II, Auckland, New Zealand. “Is there a future in videocommunication for Deaf people?” Employment background includes: • Consultancy work in employment and telecommunication services, Deaf sports and program development for deaf people; • Project Officer, Deaf Telecommunications & Networking Project, AAD; • Manager of a Statewide Deaf Advocacy and Information service; • Lecturer at universities, colleges in Deaf studies, Deafblind services and education services for deaf people. Member of various Advisory bodies and Boards including: • Department of Human Services (Disability), Reference Group on Deaf Issues; • Australian Association of the Deaf; • World Federation of the Deaf, Experts Panel on Technology (Telecommunications); • AAD’s Deaf Telecommunication & Networking reference group • National Relay Service Consultative Council; • Telstra Consumer Advisory Group, Disability Equipment Program; • Melbourne 2005 Deaflympic Games Board. Awarded Deaf Achiever Award, Australian Association of the Deaf in 1996 and Churchill Fellowship in 1983. Publications: Harper, P (2003) Networking the Deaf Nation. In, Australian Journal for Communication 30(3). pp. 153-166. University of Queensland: Brisbane. May 2005.


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