Telecommunications Equipment Distribution
The Telecommunication Equipment Distribution (TED) program distributes specialized telecommunication equipment that enables Washington residents to have independent use of the telephone.
People (ages 4 and up) who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or speech disabled; and live in Washington State are eligible to apply for services. The cost of equipment is based on a sliding fee scale which uses the client's annual income and family size to determine if there is a cost to the client or not. Many of our clients receive the equipment at no cost.
|14-264||Telecommunication Equipment Distribution Application|
|14-440||Non-Profit Organization Application for Reconditioned Equipment|
In order to receive services, the application must be filled out completely, including your income and professional's (doctor, audiologist, case manager, etc.) recommendation. Once ODHH receives your completed application, we will send an invoice telling you if there is a cost. A trainer (a state contractor who specializes in hooking up the equipment and training how to use it) will contact you to set up an appointment to install your equipment.
There are several options to choose from ranging from amplified phones for people with mild to severe hearing loss, captioned telephone equipment for people who have severe to profound hearing loss as well as text telephones for people who have no hearing or are unable to speak for themselves. We also provide the Deaf Blind Communicator (DBC) for clients who are Deaf-Blind and have the ability to read Braille. In addition to the various options, we have a few ring signaling devices as well. Choices include a signaler that has adjustable volume, tone and ring patterns or a device that causes a lamp to flash on and off to indicate that there is an incoming call. Our Deaf-Blind clients can request a vibrating ring signaler that is worn like a pager so that they can be alerted to incoming calls.