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How to Use 711

Dial 711 for the Telecommunication Relay Service

The FCC has reserved 7-1-1 for relay service access. Just as you can call 4-1-1 for information, as of October 1, 2001, you can dial 7-1-1 to connect to relay service anywhere in the United States. 7-1-1 makes it easier for travelers to use relay because they will not have to remember relay numbers in every state.
The number 7-1-1 is a relay number for every state in this country. When a TTY caller or a non-TTY user calls the relay number, the operator will dial the number s/he wishes to contact and relay the messages between two parties using voice and TTY.

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What about 9-1-1?

In an emergency, please don't call 7-1-1. Instead, call 9-1-1 directly. 9-1-1 centers have TTYs and are prepared to handle emergencies.
Several TTY users have admitted that they mis-dialed the number for either relay service or for emergency assistance. Sometimes they would hang up when they realized that they dialed 9-1-1 by mistake. They didn't know it is policy for a 9-1-1 center to return the call and/or even to send a police over to check on them. An article explaining that the TTY users were to stay on the line if misdialed 9-1-1 by an accident has been sent out to Deaf agencies and several newsletters in this state.

Links

CONSUMERS’ GUIDE TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS RELAY SERVICE (TRS)
http://www.fcc.gov/guides/711-telecommunications-relay-service

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF
http://www.nad.org/

WASHINGTON SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
http://www.wsd.wa.gov/index.aspx

WASHINGTON STATE EMERGENCY RESOURCES
http://access.wa.gov/topics/emergency/

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