Viable Featured in Fortune Small Business

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Deaf-owned provider of video-based telephone interpreting services for deaf and hard of hearing people is profiled in prestigious business magazine.

The result is an article that clearly shows Viable as a deaf-oriented company on a mission to be the top provider of VRS technologies and services

Viable is profiled in the October 2008 issue of Fortune Small Business. Jason T. Yeh, VP of Technology at Viable, appears on the cover along with the VPAD, a videophone developed by Viable for deaf and hard of hearing people.

"We know of no other major business magazine in which a deaf person or a communications device for the deaf has appeared on the cover," said Glenn Lockhart, director of corporate communications at Viable. "We are excited about the nationwide exposure this article will bring to the deaf community."

Fortune Small Business, which is owned by CNN and has one of the largest circulations of any business magazine, ran a cover story on disability entrepreneurship in technology. Viable was profiled because, in addition to being a successful provider of video relay services (VRS) and a developer of videophones, the company is deaf-owned and deaf-operated.

For the article, well-respected technology journalist Jonathan Blum toured the Viable headquarters and interviewed various Viable employees. He took part in several VRS calls prior to visiting and used an ASL interpreter throughout his visit to the Viable company building. "The result is an article that clearly shows Viable as a deaf-oriented company on a mission to be the top provider of VRS technologies and services," said Mr. Lockhart.

The October 2008 issue can be found at newsstands and bookstores this month and the article is available online here.

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. Further information is 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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