Thursday, October 18, 2012

Free phones and emergency alert systems

Please Join us at the

American Foundation for the Blind,

11030 Ables Lane, Dallas, TX 75229

November 1, 2012 at 1:00pm

To Qualify for Free Phones & Emergency Alert Buttons for those who have a disability or impairment.

FREE telephones and SOS Emergency Buttons are provided under the Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services program called STAP. The term STAP means Specialized Telecommunication AssistanceProgram, and it is available to all Texas residents if you meet the following conditions.

1. You must live in Texas and have proof of residency

2. You must have one of the qualifying needs.

• Hard of hearing, or deaf.

• Vision impaired or blind.

• Mobility impaired

• Cognitive impaired

• Speech difficulties

As mentioned STAP provides telephones and equipment that meet the qualifying guidelines. Some of the equipment is amplified telephones, big button or speakerphones and phones that can be answered remotely with a pendant or button, cell phones, and other types. In additionFree Emergency Alert Buttons are provided at no cost. ****Please bring documentation to prove you live in Texas that shows your current address****

(Drivers License, Utility bill, voter’s Registration, Texas ID)

GayleaLunday, STAP Specialist

Vival McCarty Phone: 940-535-8244

STAP History

In 1999, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 1441, expanding the STAP to include all individuals with a disability that impairs the ability to effectively access the telephone network.

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