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Vermont Equipment Distribution Program (VTEDP)

  • The Vermont Equipment Distribution Program (VTEDP) is funded by the state of Vermont to help income-eligible Vermonters who have trouble using a regular telephone and need adaptive equipment. To qualify, applicants must provide proof that they have a disability requiring adaptive telephone equipment to use the phone service, and income that meets the federal poverty guidelines for household size.. The VTEDP will purchase up to $750 of equipment for qualified individuals.


Some examples of the equipment that VTEDP pays for include, but are not limited to:

  • CapTel phones, which display the text of the other person on the line for people who have trouble hearing but who can speak for themselves
  • TTYs (text telephones)
  • Computers with special software for using a TTY
  • Amplified phones
  • Voice-activated equipment

To obtain an application, please call the VT Center for Independent Living at 1-800-639-1522.



The Vermont Telecommunications Relay Service
  • (Vermont Relay) is a free service for all Vermonters, connecting individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard-of-hearing, or have a speech disability with users of standard telephones. Whether calling on a standard telephone or a text telephone (TTY, a special phone with a typewriter-style keyboard), relay makes communication simple, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

 Vermont Communication Task Force

  • Provided by the State of Vermont Division of Disability and Aging Services, Vermont Communication Task Force.  

The Eleanor M. Luse Center for Communication
  • Is a non-profit organization which provides Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Services to both children and adults throughout Vermont. 

 V.O.I.C.E. (Voice Output Independence Evaluation)
  • Provides individuals who have limited or no natural speech with effective means to communicate across all people and settings. People with limited or no natural speech are candidates for Augmentative and Alternative Communication  (AAC).