Viable Brings on Carla Mathers as Staff Attorney

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Accomplished lawyer and nationally known sign language interpreter Carla Mathers becomes general counsel at Viable Inc., a provider of video relay services.

Viable Inc. welcomes Carla Mathers, Esq. to the company as its corporate legal counsel. Viable develops and provides relay service technologies, and Mathers will represent Viable on regulatory issues and counsel on in-house matters.

Mathers comes from 14 years in private practice in College Park, Md., where she was a senior associate litigating primarily employment cases. Among her areas of legal expertise are employment law, contracts and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance. She has represented deaf and hard of hearing clients in lawsuits regarding access to interpreting and telecommunications services.

"Ms. Mathers brings with her a diverse background and a wealth of connections that make her an indispensable asset to our customers," said John T.C. Yeh, president and founder of Viable. "Her passionate commitment to communication access makes her a great fit for the company."

In addition to being a member of the bar in the state and federal courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia, Mathers is a nationally certified sign language interpreter and is well-known among sign language interpreters across the country. She has presented on interpreting practices in legal settings for more than a decade and served on a Maryland state committee on interpreter ethics. She is also the author of the 2006 publication, Sign Language Interpreters in Court: Understanding Best Practices.

Mathers received her interpreting degree from the College of Southern Idaho and her law degree from Howard University, where she graduated magna cum laude. In 2005, she was recognized by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf with the Judie Husted Leadership Award.

"I am excited to join Viable, a company that is at the forefront of providing deaf and hard of hearing persons with communication access technology," said Mathers. She joins a workforce of approximately 70 deaf, hard of hearing and hearing employees.

About Viable Inc.
Viable provides next-generation video relay services for deaf and hard of hearing persons that can be accessed wherever there is Internet or wireless connectivity, opening them to a world of communication possibilities. Founded in 2006, Viable is a private, deaf-owned company, and the majority of its employees are deaf and hard of hearing and are personally vested in the innovation and development of the company's products and services. An online press kit and further information are available at http://www.viable.net.    

About Telecommunications Relay Services
Mandated by Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, telecommunications relay services (TRS) enables individuals with hearing or speech disabilities to achieve functional equivalence by accessing telephone systems to place or receive calls through an intermediary known as a relay operator or relay interpreter. Emergent IP technology has given rise to video-based solutions, which are known as video relay services (VRS). VRS options include using a webcam or a videophone to connect to a video relay interpreter, and allow deaf and hard of hearing callers for whom sign language is native to fully achieve the ideal of functional equivalence.

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