State telephone programs, known as Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Programs (TEDPs), provide free or low-cost telephone equipment to qualified individuals to accommodate their hearing loss and improve phone access. For up-to-date information for each state, visit the Telecommunication Equipment Distribution Programs Association (TEDPA) at tedpa.org.

HLAA has researched each state’s eligibility requirements, types of equipment covered, and benefit amounts (which vary from state to state) – the information is listed below or download the complete list of TEDP Programs.

Download this State Telephone Programs List

ALABAMA

Name of Program:  Alabama Telecommunications Access Program (ATAP)
Website:  alabamarelay.com/atap.html
Eligibility Requirements:  Verification of hearing loss by health professional; financial status (maximum family income based on family size)
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipient for as long as necessary
Funding Source:  Surcharge applied to every landline consumer’s bill
Combined with Relay Services

ALASKA

Name of Program:  Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (TEDP)
Website: www.alaskarelay.com/edp-program
Eligibility Requirements:  Certification of hearing loss by hearing health professional
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipient
Funding Source:  Surcharge on all telephone bills
Combined with Relay Services

ARKANSAS

Name of Program:  Telecommunications Access Program (TAP)
Website:  arcareereducation.org/services/arkansas-rehabilitation-services/access-accommodations/telecommunications-access-program-(tap)
Eligibility Requirements:  Certification of hearing loss by qualified professional; maximum family income base on family size
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned for two (2) years after which it becomes property of the recipient
Funding Source:  Monthly surcharge on telephone bills

ARIZONA

Name of Program:  Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (AzTEDP)
Website:  acdhh.org/home/aztedp
Eligibility Requirements:  U.S. Citizen; hearing loss certified by designated professional
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipient
Funding Source:  Telecommunications excise tax levied on every provider of telephone services

CALIFORNIA

Name of Program:  Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP)
Website:  ddtp.cpuc.ca.gov/HomePage.aspx?id=91&LangType=1033
Eligibility Requirement:  Verification of hearing loss by medical professional
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipients as long as needed
Funding Source:  Surcharge on all telephone bills
Combined with Relay Services

COLORADO

Name of Program:  Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (TEDP)
Website: ccdhh.com/index.php/tedprogram/
Eligibility Requirement:  Proof of income less than 300% of federal poverty guidelines based on family size
How Equipment Provided:  Recipients own the equipment
Funding Source:  Surcharge on each telephone line

CONNECTICUT

Name of Program:  Telecommunications Relay Service Distribution Program
Website: dhoh.ct.gov/dhoh/cwp/view.asp?a=2603&q-321676 (go to www.conversecommunications.com
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipients
Funding Source:  Telecommunications providers are assessed a proportionate amount based upon each provider’s gross revenues on both intrastate and interstate services
Combined with Relay Services

DELAWARE

No program

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

No program

FLORIDA

Name of Program:  Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc.
Website:  ftri.org/
Eligibility Requirement:  Hearing loss certified by qualified professional
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipients for as long as needed
Funding Source:  Surcharge on every telephone line
Combined with Relay Services

GEORGIA

Name of Program:  Georgia Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (GATEDP)
Website:  gachi.org/?page_id=37
Eligibility Requirements: Hearing loss certified by designated professional; income of applicant and spouse less than 200% of federal poverty level
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipients for as long as needed
Funding Source:  Surcharge assessed on all Georgia residential land-based phone lines

HAWAII

Name of Program:  Relay Hawaii Equipment Program (RHEP)
Website:  relayhawaii.com/rhep.html
How Equipment Provided: Landline equipment loaned to recipients; wireless equipment owned by recipients.
Funding Source:  Program managed by Sprint under contract funded by Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
Combined with Relay Services

IDAHO

No program

ILLINOIS

Name of Program:  Telecommunications Access Corporation (ITAC)
Website:  itactty.org
Eligibility Requirement: Application signed by physician or other authorized professional
How Equipment Provided:  (1) Voucher program for designated equipment. New vouchers may be issued every four (4) years.  (2) Loan program for additional designated equipment. Recipient may keep as needed.
Funding Source:  Surcharge on all telephone lines
Combined with Relay Services

INDIANA

Name of Program:  Relay Indiana
Website:  relayindiana.com/equipment
Eligibility Requirement:  Household income cannot exceed $71,000
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipients
Funding Source:  Surcharge on each telephone line
Combined with Relay Services

IOWA

Name of Program:  Telecommunication Iowa (TAI)
Website:  relayiowa.com/tai/
Eligibility Requirement: Maximum family income based on family size
How Equipment Provided:  Recipients can receive a voucher for approximately 95 percent of the average cost of specialized telephone equipment
Funding Source:  Telecommunication carriers in Iowa are subject to an assessment
Combined with Relay Services

KANSAS

Name of Program:  Telecommunications Access Program (TAP)
Website:  atk.ku.edu/ks-tap
Eligibility Requirement:  Income less than $55,000
How Equipment Provided:  Recipients are provided vouchers to acquire specialized equipment
Funding Source:  Telecommunications companies must contribute to the Kansas Universal Service Fund (KUSF) a percentage of retail revenues earned within Kansas.  The companies may pass on the assessment to consumers.

KENTUCKY

Name of Program:  Telecommunications Access Program (TAP)
Website:  kcdhh.org/oea/tddprog.html
Eligibility Requirement:  Kentucky resident for at least one year
How Equipment Provided:  Owned by the recipient
Funding Source:  Surcharge on both wired and wireless lines
Combined with Relay Services

LOUISIANA

Name of Program:  Louisiana School for the Deaf (LCD) Equipment Program
Website: new.dhh.louisana.gov/index.cfm/page/318
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipients
Funding Source:  Surcharge on telephone bills

MASSACHUSETTS

Name of Program:  Equipment Distribution Program (MassEDP)
Website:  mass.gov/massedp
Eligibility Requirement:  Hearing loss certified by medial professional
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipients
Funding Source:  Surcharge on all voice and data telephone lines

MAINE

Name of Program:  Maine Center on Deafness (MCD) Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (DBEDP)
Website:  drme.org/deaf-services.org
Eligibility Requirement: Maximum family income based on family size
How Equipment Provided: Either (1) loaned as long as necessary or (2) cost-shared under which recipient pays a portion of the cost of the equipment and is the ownerFunding Source:  Communication Equipment Fund established by state law which is funded by federal and state sources funds
Note: Maine has established a program that provides qualified low income seniors with hearing aids at no cost

MARYLAND

Name of Program:  Maryland Accessible Telecommunications (MAT)
Website:  doit.maryland.gov/mdrelay/Pages/equipment.aspx
Eligibility Requirements:  Self-certification of hearing loss; limited income (not quantified)
How Equipment Provided:  Permanent loan to qualified recipients
Funding Source:  Surcharge on all bills for communications services (landline, VoIP and wireless)
Combined with Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS)

MICHIGAN

No program

MINNESOTA

Name of Program:  Telephone Equipment Distribution Program
Website:  mn.gov/dhs/ted-program
Eligibility Requirement: Maximum family income based on family size
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to qualified recipients as long as needed
Funding Source:  Surcharge on wired and wireless telephone lines
Combined with Relay Outreach

MISSISSIPPI

Name of Program:  Relay Equipment Distribution Program (EDP)
Website:  staterelay.com/mississippi/MREDP_Application.pdf
Eligibility Requirement: Hearing loss of 40dB or greater certified by physician or audiologist.
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipients.  For wireless devices, the loan period is two (2) years.
Funding Source:  The Public Service Commission may impose upon all local exchange telephone companies a monthly relay service fee
Combined with Relay Services

MISSOURI

Name of Program:  Telecommunications Access Program (includes both telephones (TAP-T) and internet (TAP-I)
Website:  at.mo.gov/tap.html
Eligibility Requirements: Hearing loss certified by health professional; maximum family income based on family size
How Equipment Provided:  Equipment owned by recipient, but certain items are loaned
Funding Source:  Relay surcharge on all telephone bills

MONTANA

Name of Program:  Montana Telecommunications Access Program (MTAP)
Website: dphhs.mt.gov/detd/mtap
Eligibility Requirement: Maximum family income based on family size
MTAP oversees the relay and provides an equipment distribution program for Montanans who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind, speech or mobility disabled
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipients for as long as needed
Funding Source:  Surcharge on all telephone lines

NEBRASKA

Name of Program:  Assistive Devices Loan Program
Website: ncdhh.nebraska.gov/services/assistive-devices-loan
Eligibility:  Call 402.471.3593 or 800.545.6244
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipients for a period of three (3) months
Funding Source:  Funding for recipients is provided by numerous programs.  The guidelines for and eligibility requirements of these programs vary widely. The Assistive Technology Partnership’s Resource Specialist will research the various programs across the state to determine a person’s eligibility for funding assistance.

NEVADA

Name of Program:  Equipment Distribution Program (EDP)
Website: dcnv.org/programs.html
Eligibility: Contact Deaf Centers of Nevada through website or email, info@dcnv.org
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned for as long as needed
Funding Source:  Surcharge on wired and wireless phones

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Name of Program:  Telecommunications Distribution Program
Website:  ndhhs.org/services/NHTEDP.html
Eligibility:  Contact by email info@ndhhs.org or by phone 603.224.1850
How Equipment Provided:  (1) Lending Program:  Long-term loan for recipients with income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level;  (2) Cost Sharing Program:  All other recipients are reimbursement 50% of the purchase price and own the equipment.
Funding Source:  Direct financial assistance provided by the state

NEW JERSEY

Name of Program:  Equipment Distribution Program
Website:  nj.gov/humanservices/ddhh/equipment
Eligibility Requirements: Hearing loss verified by physician or audiologist; household income less than $45,000
How Equipment Provided:  Equipment is owned by recipients
Funding Source: Funds are provided as part of the state budget

NEW MEXICO

Name of Program:  Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program
Website:  cdhh.state.nm.us/TEDP.aspx
Eligibility Requirement: Proof of hearing loss shown by audiogram
How Equipment Provided:  Equipment loaned for a period of three (3) years
Funding Source:  Surcharge on landline and wireless phone service 

NEW YORK

No program

NORTH CAROLINA

Name of Program:  Telecommunications Access and Equipment
Website:  ncdhhs.gov/dsdhh/services/telecommunications.htm
Eligibility Requirement: Certificate of disability; income up to 250% of federal poverty level
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipients
Funding Source:  Surcharge per telephone access lines

NORTH DAKOTA

Name of Program:  Interagency Program for Assistive Technology (IPAT)
Website:  ndipat.org/services/telecommunications-equipment-distribution-service
Eligibility Requirement:  Maximum family income based on family size
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipients
Funding Source:  Telephone access line surcharge

OHIO

No Statewide Program.  The Deaf Modification Program, which covers all persons with hearing loss, provides specialized equipment for owner-occupied residential properties and rental units located only within the corporate limits of Columbus, Ohio.
Website: staterelay.com/ohio/Ohio-Relay-Booklet.pdf 

OKLAHOMA

Name of Program:  Equipment Distribution Program at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf
Website: oklahomarelay.com/tedp.html
Eligibility Requirements: Hearing loss verified by audiogram; maximum family income based on family size
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipients
Funding Source:  Surcharge on telephone lines

OREGON

Name of Program:  Telecommunication Devices Access Program (TDAP)
Website:  rspf.org
Eligibility Requirement: Hearing loss certified; (no income restrictions)
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipients
Funding Source:  Fee charged to all telephone customers (Residential Service Protection Fee (RSPF)
Combined with Relay Services

PENNSYLVANIA

Name of Program:  Telecommunication Device Distribution Program (TDDP)
Website:  disabilities.temple.edu/tddp
Eligibility Requirement:  Income not to exceed 200% of federal poverty level
How Equipment Provided:  Owned by recipient
Funding Source:  The TDDP is implemented by Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT), a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. Supported in part by federal funding under the Assistive Technology Act of 2004.  Also funded by a Telecommunications Relay Service Program surcharge.

RHODE ISLAND

Name of Program:  Telephone Equipment Loan Program (ATEL)
Website:  atel.ri.gov/
Eligibility Requirement:  Maximum family income based on family size.
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipients
Funding Source:  Surcharge on telephone bills

SOUTH CAROLINA

Name of Program:  Equipment Distribution Program
Website:  scedp.org
Eligibility Requirement: Hearing loss certified by health professional
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipients
Funding Source:  Surcharge on all residential and business telephone lines

SOUTH DAKOTA

Name of Program:  Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (TEDP)
Website: relaysd.com/outreach/equipment-distribution-program/
Eligibility Requirement: Certified hearing loss
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipient
Funding Source:  Access fee on each local exchange service line, each cellular phone, and each radio pager unit
Combined with Relay Services

TENNESSEE

Name of Program:  Telecommunication Device Access Program (TDAP)
Website: tennrelay.com/tdap
Eligibility Requirement: Hearing loss verified by physician
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipients
Funding Source:  Telecommunications service providers with intrastate gross receipts greater than $5 million make proportionate contributions to the TDAP fund. The contribution factor for each provider is determined annually. Providers are prohibited from itemizing prorata contributions on consumers’ telephone bills.

TEXAS

Name of program:  Specialized Telecommunications assistance Program (STAP)
Website: hhs.texas.gov/services/disability/deaf-hard-hearing/specialized-telecommunications-assistance-program-stap
Eligibility Requirement:  Hearing loss certified by hearing health professional
How Equipment Provided:  Vouchers, with a maximum dollar amount and printed with a general classification of device (amplified telephone, voice activated answering phone, etc.) are provided to recipients. The vouchers are exchanged with a registered vendor for the specific device selected by the recipient who takes ownership of the device.
Funding Source:  Each telecommunications provider is required to pay a uniform amount into the “Telecommunications Assistance and Universal Service Fund.”  Telecommunications providers are authorized to recover their assessments through a surcharge added to customers’ bills.

UTAH

Name of Program:  Equipment Distribution Program
Website:  relayutah.gov/equipment.html
Eligibility Requirements:  Hearing loss certified by hearing health professional; maximum family income based on family size.
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipients for as long as needed
Funding Source:  Surcharge on all landlines which is deposited into the Restricted Hearing Impaired Fund
Combined with Relay Services

VERMONT

Name of Program:  Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (VTEDP)
Website:  vtedp.org
Eligibility Requirements:  Hearing loss verified by physician or audiologist; income below federal poverty guidelines
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipients. After receiving equipment, applicants must wait four years to apply again unless there are special circumstances to waive the waiting period.
Funding Source:  Surcharge on all landline, cellular, and internet-based telephone bills.

VIRGINIA

Name of Program:  Technical Assistance Program (TAP)
Website: vddhh.org/equipment.htm
Eligibility Requirement:  Maximum family income based on family size.
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipients for trial period of 30 days to allow recipients to decide whether to keep, exchange, or return the equipment.  If the equipment is kept for more than 30 days, the recipient retains ownership.  However, equipment with an acquisition cost greater than $5000 is permanently loaned to the recipients.
Funding Source:  State government appropriates funds on a biennial basis, but the amount can be adjusted annually through additional appropriations.  The state also collects a Communications Tax from telecommunications providers of landline, wireless, satellite, cable, and internet-based services.
Combined with Relay Services

WASHINGTON

Name of Program:  Telecommunications Equipment Distribution (TED) Program
Website:  dshs.wa.gov/altsa/odhh/telecommunication-equipment-distribution
Eligibility Requirements:  Hearing loss certified by specified health professional; no income restriction but cost to consumer determined by family financial status.How Equipment Provided:  Owned by recipients.  Equipment is transferred to recipients for free or after payment of a designated amount depending upon family size and income.
Funding Source:  Excise tax paid by landline telephone customers

WEST VIRGINIA

Name of Program:  Telephonic Communication Device Loan Program
Website:  wvdhhr.org./wvcdhh/loan/tty_loan.htm
Eligibility Requirements: Hearing loss verified by by audiogram; maximum family income based on family size.
How Equipment Provided:  Loaned to recipients
Funding Source:  State general revenue appropriations

WISCONSIN

Name of Program:  Telecommunications Equipment Purchase Program (TEPP)
Website:  psc.wi.gov/Pages/Programs/TEPP.aspx
How Equipment Provided:  Owned by recipients after purchase using vouchers
Funding Source:  The TEPP is one of several programs paid for by the state Universal Service Fund (USF). Money is collected from telephone service providers for the USF.

WYOMING

Name of Program:  Telecom Relay Equipment
Website:  wyomingrelay.com
Eligibility Requirement:  maximum family income based on family size
How Equipment Provided:  Owned by recipients
Funding Source:  Surcharge on all telephone lines
Combined with Relay Services