Connecting Lives for 25 Years

For a quarter of a century, Hamilton Relay has been connecting individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking with family, friends and businesses. Please join us as we celebrate the evolution of relay and the people who made it all possible!

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History

  • 1964
    Baudot-coded teletypewriter (TTY) machines become available when telephone companies convert to a new telegraphic code.
  • 1971
    The first digital TTY is introduced.
  • 1974
    The first Braille TTY is developed and distributed.
  • 1987
    California opens the first statewide 24/7 Relay service and 80,000 calls were made in the first month.
  • 1988
    TTY payphones are created for use in airports, schools and other public places.
  • 1990
    Hamilton Relay is founded in order to provide services to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. This service is later mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • 1991
    Hamilton Relay begins providing contracted relay service on January 1, 1991.
  • 1994
    Hamilton opens a new relay center in Aurora, Nebraska. The first TTY for VCO users hits the market. The National Association of State Relay Administrators (NASRA) is founded.
  • 1998
    Hamilton opens a relay center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 2000
    Ultratec develops CapTel automatic text transcription telephone.
  • 2003
    Hamilton begins offering Captioned Telephone Service through Ultratec, Inc.
  • 2006
    Hamilton opens a relay center in Albany, Georgia.
  • 2007
    Hamilton opens a relay center in Frostburg, Maryland.
  • 2008
    Hamilton opens a relay center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
  • 2008
    Hamilton begins offering Web CapTel.
  • 2009
    Hamilton begins providing Mobile CapTel. Hamilton was the first provider to introduce single-phone mobile captioned telephone service.
  • 2011
    Hamilton begins providing captioning services from its headquarters in Aurora, Nebraska. Hamilton was the first relay provider to process CapTel calls from its own centers.
  • 2012
    Hamilton expands its CapTel call processing to its Louisiana and Maryland centers. Hamilton also introduced Hamilton CapTel for Smartphones, PC/Mac and Tablets.
  • 2013
    Hamilton introduces the Hamilton CapTel Call Me Number.
  • 2014
    Hamilton expands its CapTel call processing to the Georgia center.
  • 2015
    Hamilton expands its CapTel call processing and opens a new center in Wichita, Kansas.
  • 2016
    Hamilton Relay celebrates its 25th Anniversary!