The Telephone Equipment Distribution Program provides telephone equipment to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, or who have a speech or physical disability and need adaptive equipment in order to use the phone. DHS loans you the equipment at no cost for as long as you need it.
To be eligible for the Telephone Equipment Distribution Program you need to live in Minnesota and have:
Hearing loss, speech or physical disability that limits your use of a standard telephone
Telephone in your home or have applied for telephone service
Family income equal to or below these guidelines:
Annual gross income
If more than four family members live in your home, contact us for income guidelines.
Effective October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019
Submit the application with required verifications.
Discuss your needs with a program specialist.
You will have to provide documentation of:
A specialist will work with you to discuss your needs and determine what equipment you may be eligible to receive.
To request a printed copy of the form, or to receive the form in another accessible format or another language, you may:
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Call 800-657-3663 (voice)
or 651-964-1514 (videophone)
or 651-431-5976 (TTY)
The Telephone Equipment Distribution Program focuses on telecommunication devices related to the telephone. Available equipment includes, but is not limited to:
You may be eligible if you live in a residential care facility, such as a nursing home or group home, and you have privately paid telephone service that is not included as part of your overall services.