DENVER (Feb. 5, 2016) – Coloradans who are deaf or hard of hearing may be eligible to receive free telecommunications equipment to make communication more accessible.
Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH), through its Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (TEDP), provides free telecommunication equipment, such as amplified and captioned phones, as well as accessories (ring signalers and neck loops or headsets), to those who qualify.
“This equipment allows for family, neighbors and the community at large to connect with each other,” said Cliff Moers, Director of CCDHH. “For example, using such phones can provide access to doctor’s offices, calls with grandchildren or communicating in an emergency.”
Many individuals can benefit from a simple amplified phone, where the volume can adjust up to 53 decibels and the tone of the incoming voice may be enhanced to increase clarity of the conversation. These phones, available in corded and cordless, also offer features such as caller ID, answering machine, large buttons for low vision, talk back features, etc., and work on landline and internet phone line. Some connect with a person’s cell phone via Bluetooth, giving he/she a home-based phone without the cost of home phone service.
Another option the program offers is a captioned phone, which works with landline and internet phone and allows a person with little hearing acuity to read the conversation and respond in voice. The phone provides some amplification, up to 40 decibels, and includes such features as an answering machine, touchscreen, magnification, and more. The caller would need to be at the phone to read the conversation.
Colorado’s TEDP, established in 2004, is funded through the Colorado Disabled Telephone Users Fund (DTUF).
For more information, qualifications or to receive an application, go to http://ccdhh.com/index.php/tedp/ or contact JoAnne Hirsch, TEDP Coordinator via phone, videophone or email.