Sprint signs on as Platinum sponsor for campaign with Marlee Matlin, Communications Services for the Deaf to raise awareness for issues related to deaf, hard of hearing communities

Overland Park, Kansas | Press Releases

Overland Park, Kansas, Sept. 30, 2011—Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced it will serve as one of the lead sponsors of an awareness and fundraising campaign led by Academy Award® winning actress Marlee Matlin and Communications Services for the Deaf, Inc., (CSD) to assist deaf and hard of hearing individuals and their families in gaining equal access to services.

The campaign kicks off Saturday, Oct. 1, at Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minn. CSD will host a presentation from Matlin, a book signing, and a press conference to discuss issues related to the deaf and hard of hearing communities.

CSD is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing broad-based services, ensuring public accessibility and increasing public awareness of issues affecting deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Its mission is to provide greater opportunities for access, independence and awareness for the deaf or hard of hearing. “Grow with CSD” is an awareness and fundraising project to promote communication, education and social and economic opportunities.

“Sprint has been a long-standing leader in relay services for the deaf and hard of hearing as well as individuals with speech disabilities. The company has demonstrated its commitment to  corporate social responsibility and to the ideal of full and unfettered access to services—like telecommunications— for all,” said Ben Soukup, CSD chief executive officer. “We are honored to have Sprint as a platinum sponsor for this project.”

Mike Ellis, director of Relay Services for Sprint said, “Our sponsorship of CSD is an extension of our efforts to assist and expand access for the deaf and hard of hearing. Our intent is to play a larger role in the communities beyond simply offering industry leading relay services and products.”

For its innovation and industry-leading customer service, Sprint Relay services were recently lauded with third-party awards and endorsements. The Paisley Group National Relay TTY Performance Index™ ranked Sprint Relay highest in customer care and speed of service. Sprint Relay also earned ABILITY magazine's Best Practices Award for its relay service and its “spirit of inclusion, both in the workplace and in the consumer marketplace.”

Sprint now provides relay service to 32 states and the federal government, in addition to New Zealand and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Sprint also provides Captioned Telephone “CapTel” services to 31 states and the federal government.