CONVERSE COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION
Converse Communications Corporation (formerly Converse Communications Center) (CCC) as a non-profit tax exempt organization was first established in the USA in 1974 to provide telecommunications access for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing individuals living in Connecticut. The state-wide service began on February 11, 1974, providing telecommunications relay service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. William "Bill" Yoreo and his wife, Grace were the directors of CCC.
While they worked with deaf people at a local church, Bill and Grace realized that the vast majority of the deaf community were without telephones and TTYs. They obtained a grant to distribute TTYs to the deaf and hard of hearing population in Connecticut. David, their son joined them to run their business.
CCC eventually grew from their home to relocate to a building within the American School for the Deaf campus and then moved to an office building in Bloomfield.
At the same time, CCC also operated the captioned TELENEWS Service to broadcast on all five public television channels and provided live AP News, Sports, and Stock Market Reports. TELENEWS provided items of local interests, a calendar of events, and weather reports.
In addition, CCC manages the TTY Loan Program, along with their popular state-wide TTY directories, which are updated on an annual basis. With the changing business environment and the entry of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1993, CCC became a partner with Relay Connecticut, providing the TTY Loan Program for deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-disabled people living in Connecticut.
Currently, CCC distributes TTYs to the deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-disabled people in Connecticut. Repair services are included in this program. TTY directories are generated on an annual basis.
Additionally, CCC sells a large variety of custom-made equipment for telecommunications and accomodational needs, ranging from TTYs, Alarm Clocks to Doorbell signalers and Payphone TTYs.
Please visit CCC's web site for information.