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Telecommunications Access Program for Telephone

TAP for Telephone provides basic voice telephone calling (both sending and receiving) and telephone alerting devices for individuals with disabilities in the state of Missouri through the delivery of adaptive telephone equipment.

The program is not designed to provide access to other types of telecommunications, such as two-way radio, alpha-numeric paging, or alerting devices such as smoke alarms, wake-up alarms, doorbell signaler and baby criers. The program is also not designed to assist individuals resolve face-to-face communication, thus the program does not provide devices such as hearing aids and augmentative communication devices.

What are the Eligibility Requirements?

Who Can Certify me as Having a Disability?

Professionals who can certify include licensed physicians, audiologists, speech pathologists, hearing instrument specialists, or agencies approved by Missouri Assistive Technology.

How Do I Apply for Equipment and Select Equipment to Meet My Needs?

All TAP-T demonstration sites listed on the map (click on the regional map) have demonstration equipment, applicants and staff to help with the selection of equipment (locate the county you live in and contact the nearest listed center).  If you already have a certified application by a: physician, audiologist, speech pathologist or hearing instrument specialist, contact the closest demo center for an appointment to try out new phones and find the most appropriate match for your disability. If you have a certified application, take your application with you to this appointment.

TAP-T Demo Sites

Missouri Assistive Technology works with 31 demo center sites in the state of Missouri.  Most are located at Centers for Independent Living or a few agencies specializing in specific disabilities.  To find the closest demo center, click on the regional map.

Who Owns the Equipment After it is Purchased?

In most cases, you own the equipment! One exception is for CapTel which is a loan device.  There will be a sticker on the phone equipment that includes the name of the vendor who distributed the equipment and the phone contact. If you need your phone repaired during the four years after you receive the phone, you need to contact the vendor who distributed the equipment. Miscellaneous supplies such as TTY paper, headsets and regular batteries are your responsibility.

 

How Often Can I Apply for Equipment?

You can reapply for equipment every four years. If your disability changes to the point that different equipment is necessary, you may reapply based on your new needs.

 

What Type of Equipment is Available on the TAP for Telephone Program?

A full range of adaptive equipment is provided at no cost to meet the needs of individuals with all types of disabilities.   We have phones available for all disabilities.  To view the phone available through the TAP for Telephone program, select on the disability area below:

                                Deaf/Hard of Hearing

                                Blind/Low Vision

                                Mobility

                                Cognitive

                                Speech

To ensure that the best equipment is ordered to meet the individuals needs, applications must be completed in person. For more information about the program, call Missouri Assistive Technology at (800) 647-8557 (voice) or (800) 647-8558 (TTY).