Purple™ and PRIDE Industries Announce Partnership
Partnership helps PRIDE Industries identify employment opportunities for deaf individuals
ROSEVILLE, December 2, 2012 – Purple Communications™, Inc. (OTC: PRPL) (“Purple”), a leading provider of innovative communications for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired, has partnered with PRIDE Industries, an organization that creates employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, in an effort to improve the efficiencies of work for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals along with increasing the employment opportunities throughout the United States.
“Purple has developed a strong national connection with the Deaf community,” said Michael Ziegler, president and CEO of PRIDE Industries. “The synergies of technology, support and recruiting outreach are advantageous to both PRIDE and Purple, and most importantly, creating opportunities for individuals often excluded from employment.”
The partnership creates additional PRIDE Industries employment opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in both public and private sector facilities maintenance contracts using Purple Communications technologies, like Purple VRS* and Purple VRI*.
“The advantage Purple technology provides is real-time communication for a variety of positions within Pride, including enabling our deaf and hard of hearing with mobility,” Ziegler added. “This allows for a more productive and efficient work environment.”
“PRIDE Industries has a rich and solid history of providing good jobs for individuals who often find it hard to secure employment – including deaf and hard-of-hearing people,” said Purple Vice President Gordon Ellis. “As advocates for the Deaf community, we are proud to partner with PRIDE, offering our communications technologies in the workplace, as well as helping to recruit and identify qualified applicants for their many employment opportunities.”
Functionally equivalent to hearing people, Purple Video Relay Service (VRS) provides deaf and hard-of-hearing employees a means to communicate over video desktop, select phone systems and mobile devices with hearing individuals in real time using American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. This service is free to deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.
Purple Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) is a convenient, on-demand or scheduled sign language interpreting service delivered over a live Internet video connection. With certified interpreters, clear audio and high-quality video, it’s as if the interpreter is in the room with you. Purple VRI is perfect for business meetings, conferences and more.
Purple Communications, Inc. is a leading provider of video relay and text relay services, on-site interpreting services, and video remote interpreting. Offering a wide array of options designed to meet the varied communication needs of businesses and customers, Purple’s vision is to enable free-flowing communication between people, inclusive of the differences in abilities, languages or locations. For more information on the company or its services, visit www.purple.us. Purple, P3, the hands logo and the Purple logo are registered trademarks of Purple Communications, Inc. Other Names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
About PRIDE Industries:
PRIDE Industries is a nonprofit organization meeting the manufacturing, supply chain, logistics and facilities service needs of business and government nationwide while creating meaningful jobs for people with disabilities. Operating in 11 states and the nation’s capital, PRIDE employs more than 4,200 individuals, including more than 2,400 people with disabilities. Headquartered in Roseville, CA, PRIDE ranks as the third largest manufacturing and service company in the greater Sacramento region.