Oklahoma Equipment Distribution Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)

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Purpose

If hearing or speech problems make it difficult to access the telephone, the Oklahoma Equipment Distribution Program may be able to assist you. The Oklahoma Equipment Distribution Program strives to make communication accessible to Oklahomans of all ages through various programs. Qualifying individuals may receive services and equipment at little or no cost. This program also operates the Senior Citizen Hearing Aid Program, and the Children’s Hearing Aid Program.  Based on income eligibility, a sliding scale co-payment may apply.

Contact(s)

Jason Sledd, Specialist on Deafness,
Equipment Distribution Program
1100 E Oklahoma Ave.
Sulphur, OK 73086-3108
(405) 294-3977 (Video Ph)
(866) 309-1717 (V/TDD)
FAX: (580) 622-5850
EMAIL: jsledd@osd.k12.ok.us
www.osd.k12.ok.us/edp.htm

Financial Criteria

  • Income eligibility, based on number in household

Eligibility

  • The individual must be a resident of the State of Oklahoma and provide verification of:
    • hearing or speech impairment with loss severe enough requiring the use of a TDD or amplifier to use the telephone;
    • income; and
    • a list of other contributing disabilities (i.e., blindness, visual impairment, physical disability, etc.).
  • A request for Captioned Telephones (CapTel) requires an audiogram.

AT Services Provided/Covered

  • Information & Referral
  • Training for Consumer & Family

AT Devices Provided/ Covered

  • Aids for Hearing Impaired
  • Speech Communication

Application Process

  • Contact the Oklahoma School for the Deaf (866) 309-1717 or (405) 294-3977 (VP) to request an application form.

Dispute Resolution Process

  1. There is no formal dispute process. A person is determined eligible based on proof of disability. Equipment is distributed as funds are available.
  2. If there is a question regarding an individual receiving equipment, questions should be directed to Traci Prince at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf.

Pieces of the Puzzle

  • Funds for this program are limited; therefore applicants may be placed on a waiting list for services.
  • Individuals who have an income above the allotted guideline, contribute to the program based on a sliding scale. Family income and number of people in the family are used to determine costs for each individual.
  • If you are in need of assistance with setting up your equipment, you may request program staff to come to your home.
  • The program also has a demonstration lab at Total Source for Hearing-loss and Access (TSHA) in Tulsa where you may schedule an appointment and try out equipment. Contact TSHA (918) 832-8742 to make an appointment.