The Telephone Equipment Distribution Program provides telephone equipment to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, have a speech disability or a physical disability and need adaptive equipment in order to use the phone. DHS loans the equipment at no cost for as long as you need the equipment. The Telephone Equipment Distribution Program is funded through the Department of Commerce – Telecommunications Access Minnesota and administered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
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
Effective October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018
Contact the TED Program at 800-657-3663 for income guidelines of a household with more than four people.
Submit the application with required verifications.
Discuss your needs with a program specialist.
Required verifications include documentation of:
The specialist in your region will discuss your needs and determine what equipment you may be eligible to receive. To request a paper copy of the form, email the TED Program at email@example.com or call 800-657-3663 voice or 866-635-0082 (VP) or 888-206-6555 TTY. The TED program also provides the form in other ways to people with disabilities or other languages.
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.