State Special Telephone Equipment Distribution Programs

About 35 states have programs to provide "special telephone equipment" free to persons with hearing, speech, or other disabilities. For more up-to-date info on these programs, visit the Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program Association website.


ESPAÑOL

Programas estatales de distribución de equipo telefónico especial. Aproximadamente 35 estados de los Estados Unidos tienen programas que proveen "equipo telefónico especial" gratuito a personas con problemas auditivos, del habla y otras incapacidades. Estos programas usualmente se cargan en las cuentas telefónicas. Diferentes programas proveen equipo diferente, para incapacidades distintas.


ALASKA

Has program, details unknown.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Unknown.
Consumers should call: (907) 261-8226
Contact person: Duane Mayes
Address: Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, 3600 Bragaw St., Anchorage, AK 99508
Full-time equivalent staff (1996): 1
Funding (1996): $312,000


ALABAMA

No program.


ARIZONA

Provides TTY's, Large Visual Display Screens, Uniphones and Telebraille
Anti-stuttering telephones: No.
Consumers should call: (602)542-3323 Voice; (602)542-3383 TTY; (800)352-8161; (602)542-3380 Fax
Address: V/TTY, Arizona Council for the Hearing Impaired, 1400 West Washington, Room 126, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Full-time staff: Unknown
Funding: Excise Tax
Website: http://www.state.az.us/achi


ARKANSAS

Program is for low-income persons only. TTYs mainly, will consider other devices if requested.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Will evaluate stutterers on a case-by-case basis.
Consumers should call: (800) 981-4463 or (501) 686-9693
Contact person: Ira Gerlis
Address: Telecommunications Access Program, 4601 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72205
Full-time equivalent staff: Unknown
Funding: Unknown


CALIFORNIA

Program serves all persons with hearing, speech, and mobility disabilities.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Will evaluate anti-stuttering telephones, but evaluation process is lengthy. May not be available until well into 1999. Letters from stutterers are appreciated. Write to: Steve McGuckin or Sharon Shafran, Deaf & Disabled Telecom Program, 505 14th St #400, Oakland, CA 94612; (510) 302-1100 (voice), (510) 302-1101 (TTY), (510) 302-1130 (fax)
Website: http://www.calphoneloan.com
Full-time equivalent staff (1996): 95
Funding (1996): $15,400,000


COLORADO



No program.


CONNECTICUT

Provides TTYs only.
Anti-stuttering telephones: No
Consumers should contact: (860) 242-4974
Address: Converse Communications, 34 Jerome Ave., Bloomfield, CT 06002
Another program to contact: People With Disabilities, Southern New England Telephone Company, (800) 922-4605
Full-time equivalent staff: Unknown
Funding: Unknown


DELAWARE

No funds available for equipment, but state will refer consumers to vocational rehab, Lions Club, Elks Club, etc.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Unknown
Consumers should call: (302) 761-8296 (voice/TTY), (302) 761-6611 (fax)
Address: Delaware Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 4425 North Market Street, P.O. Box 9969, Wilmington, DE 19809-0969
Full-time equivalent staff: Unknown
Funding: None


DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

No program.


FLORIDA

Program provides a variety of special telephone devices for all hearing- and speech disabilities.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Will evaluate stutterers on a case-by-case basis.
Consumers should call: (800) 222-3448 TTY/voice; (850) 656-1414 (voice/TTY); (850) 656-6099 (fax)
Contact person: James Forstall, Program Director

Website: Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc.
Address: Florida Telecommunications Relay Inc., 1311 N. Paul Russell Road, Suite 101B, Tallahassee, FL 32301
Full-time staff (1996): 9
Funding (1996): $4,400,000


GEORGIA

No program.


HAWAII

No program.


IDAHO

Contact person: Pennie Cooper, Program Director
Website: www2.state.id.us/cdhh/cdhh1.htm


ILLINOIS

TTYs only.
Anti-stuttering telephones: No
Consumers should call: (217) 698-4170
Address: Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation
907 Clocktower Dr., Suite B.
Springfield, IL 62704
Full-time equivalent staff: Unknown
Funding: Unknown


INDIANA

No program.


IOWA

Has program, details unknown.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Unknown
Consumers should call: (712) 322-3296
Contact person: Loretta
Address: Iowa Equipment Distribution Program
Full-time equivalent staff (1996): 2
Funding (1996): $400,000
Another program to contact: Iowa Program for Assistive Technology, (800) 331-3027 (voice/TTY)


KANSAS

Program serves all persons with hearing, speech, visual and mobility disabilities. Program has income restrictions.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Yes
Consumers should call: (785) 234-0307 (voice/TTY)
Contact person: Brenda Eddy
Address: Telecommunications Access Program 704 Jayhawk Tower, 700 SW Jackson, Topeka, KS 66603
Full-time equivalent staff: Unknown
Funding: Kansas Universal Service Fund


KENTUCKY

Program serves all persons with hearing and speech disabilities.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Will evaluate stutterers on a case-by-case basis.
Consumers should call: (800) 372-2907 or (502) 573-2604 (voice/TTY), (502) 573-3594 (fax)
Address: Kentucky Commission of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 632 Versailles Road, Frankfort, KY 40601
Full-time equivalent staff: Unknown
Funding: Unknown


LOUISIANA

Program serves all persons with hearing and speech disabilities.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Will evaluate stutterers on a case-by-case basis.
Consumers should call: (504) 925-4175
Address: Louisiana Commission for the Deaf, 8225 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806-4834
Full-time equivalent staff (1996): 2
Funding (1998): $1,300,000
Another program to contact: John Bowman, Louisiana Speech & Hearing Foundation, 535 W. Roosevelt Baton Rouge 70802 504 343-4232.


MAINE

Program serves all persons with deaf, blind, speech, and mobility disabilities.
Anti-stuttering telephones: ?
Consumers should call: (207) 797-7656 (voice/TTY)
Contact person: Susan Graesser
Address: Maine Center on Deafness, 68 Bishop St., Portland, ME 04103
Full-time equivalent staff (2000): 4


MARYLAND

The eligibility requirements for the Maryland Accessible Telecommunications Program are as follows:

Anti-stuttering telephones: "Anti-stuttering telephone devices...will be purchased...on an as-needed basis."
Consumers should call: (800) 552-7724 (voice/TTY), (410) 767-4276 (fax)
Website: http://www.mdrelay.org
Contact person: Brenda Kelly-Frey, Program Director, (410) 767-6960
Address: Telecommunications Access of Maryland (TAP/MAT), 301 W. Preston St., Rm. 1008, Baltimore, MD 21201
Full-time equivalent staff: 1
Funding: Unknown


MASSACHUSETTS

Program serves all persons with hearing, speech, visual and mobility disabilities. The program has income restrictions.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Bell Atlantic distributes the Desktop Fluency System to Massachusetts residents who stutter. Requires an evaluation with a speech pathologist.
Consumers should call: (800) 974-6006, or (508) 460-4453 Address: Center for Disabilities, 251 Locke Dr, Marlboro, MA 01752


MICHIGAN

No program.


MINNESOTA

Program serves all persons with hearing and speech disabilities.
Anti-stuttering telephones: "We do provide services to [stutterers]. Our program specialist will meet with applicants, make an assessment and determine if they are eligible for the program. It will depend a large part on the functional limitation of their disability (severity of their stuttering)."
Consumers should call: (612) 297-1507
Contact person: Bruce Hodek, EDP Coordinator, bruce.hodek@state.mn.us
Address: Minnesota Equipment Distribution Program, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division, 444 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul, MN 55155-3814
Full-time equivalent staff (1996): 12
Funding (1996): $931,000


MISSISSIPPI

No program.


MISSOURI

Program serves all persons with hearing and speech disabilities.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Yes.
Consumers should call: (800) 647-8557 (In-State Voice), (800) 647-8558 (In-State TTY)
Address: Missouri Assistive Technology, 4731 South Cochise, Suite 114, Independence, MO 64055


MONTANA

Program serves all persons with hearing and speech disabilities.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Yes.
Consumers should call: (800) 833-8503 or (406) 444-1486
Contact person: Kryss Kuntz
Address: Governor's Committee on Montana Telecommunications, 111 N. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59620
Full-time equivalent staff (1996): 3
Funding (1996): $89,000


NEBRASKA

Program provides TTYs only.
Anti-stuttering telephones: No
Consumers should call: (402) 471-3593 (Lincoln), or 595-3991 (Omaha)
Address: Nebraska Commission for the Hearing Impaired, 4600 Valley Road, Lincoln, NE 68510
Full-time equivalent staff: Unknown
Funding: Unknown


NEVADA

Program provides TTYs only.
Anti-stuttering telephones: No
Consumers should call: (702) 687-4452 (voice), (702) 687-3388 (TTY), (702) 687-3292 (fax)
Address: Nevada Rehabilitation Division, Capital Complex, 711 S. Stewart St., Carson City, NV 89710
Full-time equivalent staff (1996): 2
Funding (1996): $143,000


NEW HAMPSHIRE

Program provides TTYs only. Has a waiting list due to small funding level.
Anti-stuttering telephones: No, unless more funding was provided by state.
Consumers should call: (800) 826-3700 or (603) 228-9680 x22
Contact person: Liz Fetela
Address: Granite State Independent Living Foundation, P.O. Box 7268 oe 172 Pembroke Rd, Concord, NH 03301
Full-time equivalent staff (1998): 1
Funding (1998): $80,000 eauipment budget


NEW JERSEY

Program provided TTYs only. Program has run out of funding and may or may not be funded in 1998.
Anti-stuttering telephones: No
Consumers should call: (609) 984-7281 (voice/TTY), (609) 984-9281 (fax)
Address: New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, CN074, Trenton, NJ 08625
Full-time equivalent staff (1996): 1
Funding (1996): $52,000


NEW MEXICO

Program serves all persons with hearing and speech disabilities.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Will evaluate stutterers on a case-by-case basis.
Consumers should call: (505) 827-7584
Contact person: Kim Banales
Address: New Mexico Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, 1435 St. Francis, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Full-time equivalent staff: Unknown
Funding: Unknown


NEW YORK

Program serves all persons with hearing and speech disabilities. Program has income restrictions.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Unknown
Consumers should call: (212) 741-7670
Address: League for the Hard of Hearing, 71 West 23rd St., New York, NY 18010
Full-time equivalent staff: Unknown
Funding: Unknown


NORTH CAROLINA

Communications Equipment Distribution Program
Consumers should call: (919) 773-2974 TTY
Contact person: Linda K. Nelson, TRS Administrator
Address:
Full-time equivalent staff: Unknown
Funding: Unknown


NORTH DAKOTA

Program serves all persons with hearing and speech disabilities.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Unknown
Consumers should call: (218) 236-0459 TTY
Contact person: Wanda Gier or Vicki Schlenker


OHIO

Program sells TTYs at cost. Unknown if other special telephone equipment is available.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Unknown
Consumers should call: (800) 750-0750
Address: TTY Relay Service
Full-time equivalent staff: Unknown
Funding: Unknown


OKLAHOMA

Program serves all persons with hearing and speech disabilities.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Will evaluate stutterers on a case-by case basis.
Consumers should call: (800) 833-8973 or (405) 634-9937
Address: Oklahoma Services for the Deaf, 5813 S. Robinson, Oklahoma City, OK 73109.
Full-time equivalent staff (1996): 1
Funding: Unknown


OREGON

Program serves all persons with hearing and speech disabilities. Does not cover blind persons.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Unknown
Consumers should call: (800) 848-4442 or (503) 373-7171 (voice), (800) 648-3458 (TTY)
Contact person: Jack Cassell, Program Administrator
Address: TDAP/OTAP, Oregon Public Utility Commission, 550 Capital St. NE, Salem, OR 97310-1380
Full-time equivalent staff (1996): 2.5
Funding (1996): $236,000


PENNSYLVANIA

Program serves all persons with hearing and speech disabilities. Program has income restrictions.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Will evaluate stutterers on a case-by case basis.
Consumers should call: (800) 670-7303
Contact person: Dianne Laube, (717) 236-2400
Address: Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council, 108-110 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg, PA 17101-1401
Full-time equivalent staff: Unknown
Funding: Unknown


RHODE ISLAND

Program serves all persons with hearing and mobility disabilities. Program does not serve persons with speech disabilities.
Anti-stuttering telephones: No, unless a special request is made to the state government.
Consumers should call:(401) 861-2080
Contact person: Stacey Conca-Monfils
Address: Adaptive Telephone Equipment Loan Program, (ATEL) c/o/ Vocational Resources, Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island, 100 Houghton St., Providence, RI 02904
Full-time equivalent staff (1997): 1
Funding (1997): $86,000


SOUTH CAROLINA

Unknown if there is a program.


SOUTH DAKOTA

Has a program, details unknown.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Unknown
Consumers should call: (605) 773-4547 (TTY) or (605) 773-5483 (fax)
Contact person: Clarke Christianson, Coordinator of Deaf Services
Address: South Dakota Office of Deaf Services, Hillsview Plaza, 500 E. Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501-5070
Full-time equivalent staff (1996): 2.5
Funding (1996): $136,000


TENNESSEE

Unknown if there is a program.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Unknown
Consumers should call: (615) 313-4913
Address: Tennessee Council for the Hearing Impaired, 400 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37248-3600


TEXAS

Program serves all persons with disabilities.
No income guidelines, but there is a $35 application fee.
Issues vouchers for consumers to buy special telephone equipment.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Pending evaluation.
Consumers should call: (512) 407-3250
Address: Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 4800 N. Lamar #310, P.O. Box 12904, Austin, TX 78711
Website: http://www.tcdhh.state.tx.us/
Full-time equivalent staff: 14
Funding: Unknown


UTAH

Has program, details unknown.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Unknown
Consumers should call: Unknown


VERMONT

No program.


VIRGINIA

Program serves all persons with hearing and speech disabilities.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Will evaluate stutterers on a case-by case basis.
Consumers should call: (800) 552-7917 or (804) 662-9502
Address: Virginia Dept for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, 1602 Rolling Hills Drive, Suite 203; Richmond, VA 23229
Full-time equivalent staff (1996): 1 and 1/2
Funding (1996): $200,000
Another program to contact: Dept. for Rehabilitative Services, (800) 552-5019 or (804) 662-7000


WASHINGTON

Program serves persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or speech disabled.
Equipment provided: teletypewriter (TTY), amplified telephone, and TTY with large display or Braille display.
Program has income restrictions.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Unknown
Consumers should call: (360) 902-8001
Address: Telecommunications Access Service, PO Box 45301, Olympia, WA 98504-5301
Full-time equivalent staff (1996): 5
Funding (1996): $221,000


WEST VIRGINIA

TTYs only. Program may have income restrictions.
Anti-stuttering telephones: No.
Consumers should call: (304) 558-2175 (voice), (304) 558-0026 (TTY). (304) 558-0851 (fax)
Contact person: Hubert Anderson, Jr.
Address: 4190 Washington Street West, Charleston, WV 25313
Full-time equivalent staff (1996): Unknown
Funding (1996): Unknown


WISCONSIN

Program serves all persons with hearing and speech disabilities. Program has income restrictions. Consumer receives a voucher for up to $1500 (depending on disability and income). Consumer then contacts a vendor and buys whatever special telephone equipment he or she needs. The consumer must pay the first $100 of the equipment cost. A list of devices and vendors is provided.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Yes
Consumers should call: Call regional coordinators. Look in telephone directory under State of Wisconsin, Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Consumers may also call the program office at (608) 243-1980 (voice) or (608) 274-4448 (TTY).
Address: Telecommunication Assistance Program, P.O. Box 7852, Madison, WI 53707
Full-time equivalent staff: Unknown
Funding: $80,000


WYOMING

Program serves all persons with hearing and speech disabilities. Program has income restrictions.
Anti-stuttering telephones: Will evaluate stutterers on a case-by case basis.
Consumers should call: (800) 452-1408 or (307) 577-0539
Contact person: Lori Cielinski
Address: Wyoming Relay, 851 Werner Court, Suite 120; Casper, WY 82601
Full-time equivalent staff (1996): 2
Funding: Unknown
Another program to contact: Wyoming New Options Technology (WY-NOT) special equipment loan program, (800) 861-4312

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