Closing The Gap Front Page Report on Scomm

 

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From Frustration to Innovation

Screen Shot 2022 04 26 At 9.30.32 AmTwenty years ago, in March of 2002, frustration finally caught up with David and Jason Curry. The hearing father and deaf son duo were trying to have a discussion about a real estate contract while sitting across from each other in a booth at the Perkins restaurant in Sedalia, Missouri. Jason had made the hour-and-a-half drive from Kansas City to have his dad, a real estate investor, look over the contract. While David and Jason had always communicated through sign language, it had never been at the level that David would have liked, and that prevented him from having the type of conversation he wanted to have with his now 33-year-old son. As they slowly went through the contract, using fingerspelling, sign language, note writing, and lipreading to communicate, David suddenly said, “I have an idea. Let’s go back to our house.”

They left the booth with the remains of their breakfast still on their plates, and headed for home. As David drove, he mulled over an idea that had flashed into his mind. He wondered if the solution that he had envisioned for years would be able to shatter the face-to-face communication barrier that he experienced with his son. When they walked into the kitchen, David made a beeline for the large whiteboard that hung on the wall, and began to draw a sketch of his idea. As Emma, David’s wife and Jason’s mother, interpreted what was being said, David explained the idea which was to eventually become the UbiDuo. When Jason saw that early drawing, he said, “Dad, if I had something like that, it would change my whole life. I could go anywhere and talk to anyone without needing an interpreter. And it would change the lives of other deaf people too.” David replied, “I am a real estate investor. I don’t know anything about patents or technology, but if you feel that way, let’s see if we can get a patent on this, and you take it and build it.” And they did.

Screen Shot 2022 04 26 At 9.30.54 AmSince that day, they have built the company up from scratch, starting with a National Institutes of Health SBIR grant. sComm began operations in a 500 square foot office, with personnel consisting only of Jason Curry, Emma Curry, and one employee. It has grown organically, customer by customer, and has been entirely self-funded without any outside investors whatsoever. In 2017, sComm was approved as a durable medical equipment (DME) provider which enabled the UbiDuo to be covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. This resulted in the company forming two divisions – one to handle business-to-business (B2B) sales, and another to handle DME claims.

Today sComm is a 20-year-old, 100% debt-free, and 100% privately-held company that employs 25 deaf and hearing people from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life. With the release of the third generation of the UbiDuo communication device, sComm continues to grow and innovate, and it serves thousands of customers and patients worldwide.

 

The evolution of face-to-face communication between the deaf, hard of hearing and hearing

 

Their mission is to shatter face-to-face communication barriers and empower deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, and hearing people and others with communication barriers to interact face-to-face with each other anywhere, anytime.

 

 


 

Medicare/Medicaid/Private Insurance Individual Coverage

 

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The UbiDuo 3 Speech Generating Device (SGD) is eligible for durable medical equipment (DME) coverage by Medicare/Medicaid and private insurance. They can help you navigate the process of completing the required documents and securing coverage for the UbiDuo SGD. One of their Communication Access Advisors will be assigned to your case, and you can count on their knowledge and experience to guide you through each step of the process.

Conditions that Make the UbiDuo 3 SGD Eligible for Coverage by Medicare, Medicaid, and Private Insurance:

  • Deaf
  • Hard of Hearing
  • Late Deafened
  • Others with communication disorders
  • Autism
  • Laryngectomy
  • Tracheotomy
  • Apraxia
  • Stroke
  • MD
  • Dysphagia
  • ALS
  • CP
  • Rett Syndrome
  • Dysarthria
  • Aphasia
  • Dysphasia
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

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Businesses/Organizations
The UbiDuo 3 for Businesses and Organizations 

 

Screen Shot 2022 04 26 At 9.58.24 AmThe primary focus of sComm, a strong advocate for “simultaneous communications,” is to enable people to communicate directly without communication barriers. The UbiDuo 3 provides an accessibility solution that eliminates communication barriers between deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing people. The UbiDuo 3 meets federal regulations and requirements, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), that ensure no individual with a disability shall be treated differently due to the absence of auxiliary aids and services. Based on the many positive testimonials that reach sComm, the UbiDuo has become one of the most desirable accessibility solutions available in the assistive technology industry.

Their experienced sComm sales team can analyze your situation, identify communication barriers, and help resolve any issues that might be uncovered. They have successfully delivered the UbiDuo solution in both public and private sectors, including local, state, and federal government offices. They have worked with agencies to provide solutions or enhancements to the UbiDuo 3 product. Selecting the right equipment such as the UbiDuo is only part of the solution. They also provide the training needed to help you incorporate the UbiDuo into your daily routine, activities and programs.

How Can the UbiDuo 3 Positively Impact Your Business or Organization?
The UbiDuo 3 is perfect for businesses and agencies to use as part of the daily routine in servicing deaf and hard of hearing patrons, or those with deaf or hard of hearing employees. The UbiDuo 3 can:

  • Increase patron and employee comfort/satisfaction
  • Increase number of encounters
  • Eliminate frustration and misunderstandings
  • Be used on the spot for unscheduled or unexpected situations
  • Be used with minimal training
  • Help ensure customer and employee safety
  • Meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements

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