What is TED?
Managed by the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH), the Telecommunication Equipment Distribution (TED) program distributes specialized telecommunication equipment that enables Washington residents to have independent use of the telephone.
Who can use TED?
People (ages 4 and up) who are certified as deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or speech disable; and live in Washington State are eligible to apply.
The cost of equipment is based on a sliding fee scale. The client’s annual income and family size is used to see if there is a cost to the client or not.
In order to receive telecommunication services, the application must be filled out completely, including the client’s income and professional’s (doctor, audiologist, case manager, etc.) recommendation. Once ODHH receives a client’s completed application, we will send an invoice telling you if there is a cost. A trainer (a state contractor who specializes in hooking up the equipment and training how to use it) will contact you to set up an appointment to install your equipment.
Applications are available in
large print and 7 other languages; if your first language is not English,
please call ODHH for more information if these are needed.
If you have any more questions or comments, please feel free to contact ODHH using our toll free phone number: (800) 422–7930, or see our other contact information.
If you are interested in obtaining a CapTel telephone, the Telecommunication Equipment Distribution (TED) program is now accepting applications. CapTel services are scheduled to begin April 1, 2007. Form 14-264 is the standard Application for Telecommunication Equipment.
Telecommunication Equipment Distribution Application (DSHS Form 14-264) in PDF format.
Non-Profit Organization Application for Reconditioned Equipment (DSHS Form 14-440) in PDF format.
Other DSHS Electronic Forms can be found at http://www.dshs.wa.gov/msa/forms/eforms.html
The Ameriphone XL40 Amplified Telephone is designed for individuals with moderate to severe hearing loss. The volume and tone can be adjusted to meet the individual’s specific needs.
The Teletypewriter (TTY) allows an individual to send and receive messages by typing. Messages appear on a display screen and can also be printed on paper.
REMOTE CONTROL SPEAKER PHONE
The Remote Control Speaker phone (RCS) is a “hands-free” speakerphone for use by individuals with mobility limitations who also have a hearing loss or speech disability.
VOICE CARRY OVER TELEPHONE(VCO)
The Voice Carry Over (VCO) Telephone by Ameriphone allows an individual to read the incoming conversation and verbally reply, without typing their responses. VCO calls are placed through the Washington Relay Service. VCO benefits individuals who have difficulty understanding spoken conversations over the telephone.
The Lighted Ring Signaler (LRS) is a device which causes a lamp to flash when the telephone rings.
The Audible Ring Signaler (ARS) is an adjustable loudness ringer that plugs into a telephone jack.
LARGE VISUAL DISPLAY
The Large Visual Display (LVD) is a large display screen that connects to either a TTY or VCO Phone. Individuals with low vision find the large display much easier to read than the standard TTY or VCO display.
CapTel Phone (CAP)
How can I apply?
Contact ODHH and request a TED application form or download an application from the links listed at the top of this page.
Kelly D. Robison, CPM, TED Program Manager
Toll-free: 1-800-422-7930 V/TTY or (360) 902-8000