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Empowerment for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The hearing impaired of Fort Worth are lucky to share their community with a leading developer of advanced products for the deaf. Barbara Ander, along with her husband, Sydney, founded Compu-TTY to distribute a broad array of inventive and revolutionary products. Originally from New York, Barbara moved to Fort Worth and started her business out of her home in 1982. In the years since, the business has evolved into one of the nation’s premier manufacturers of devices for the hearing impaired, and serves both individual customers and massive corporations. Along the way, Barbara has received a plethora of honors for her entrepreneurial achievements. Business Journal honored her as one of the Top 100 Women Business Owners, and recognized her company as a Top 50 manufacturing Business . In 2000, special honors came from Governor George W. Bush, who bestowed Barbara with the Small Employer Award.

Barbara is all too familiar with the travails of the hearing impaired. Profoundly deaf herself, she recognized a dearth of services and resources in the Fort Worth area upon her arrival. She began to work with deaf children, and started a non-profit to teach typing and communication skills.

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