Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program

Telecommunications Equipment Distribution programhttps://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/odhh/telecommunication
There is no time like the present where the need for Distance and Virtual Communication is a vital and necessary addition to the health, safety and quality of life for so many people.  The TED program can help those who are deaf, hard of hearing, live without speech or have a speech impairment receive equipment and training in order to connect with people/business/medical offices outside of their home.  iPhones, iPADS, Amplified Phones, Captel/TTY relay phones, and Adapted Landline phones (including infrared for use with some SGDs) are examples of what is available.  Training is provided virtually or in the home.  Training is always free and equipment is often free as determined by sliding scale.


TED is run out of the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, DSHS. TED can help put adaptive telephones or iDevices with telecommunication and speech apps into the hands of your clients who are are unable to use a standard telephone due to their hearing/speech qualifier. 

Independent Living means that we demand the same choices and control in our every-day lives that our non-disabled brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends take for granted. We want to grow up in our families, go to the neighborhood school, use the same bus as our neighbors, work in jobs that are in line with our education and interests and start families of our own.