School administrators charged with ensuring that handicapped students receive an education equal to their peers might welcome a powerful new technology that addresses the special needs of deaf or hearing-impaired students.

Created by Interactive Solutions Inc., a subsidiary of Teltronics, the iCommunicator system makes verbal communication possible between the hearing world and a person who is profoundly deaf, hard of hearing, or has special needs.

"Most children hard of hearing leave our school systems after 12 years with a fourth-grade reading level," said Michael Dorety, president of Interactive

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