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Free Phones For People With Disabilities

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The Americans with Disabilities Act celebrated its 20th anniversary on July 26, 2010. The landmark law which seeks to provide equal opportunity to people with disabilities, the Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP) has made the promise into a reality for a half million Californians.

DDTP enables Californians who have difficulty seeing, hearing, speaking, remembering, and/or moving to communicate by telephone when these disabilities would make using a standard phone difficult or impossible.

The California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) phones and California Relay Service (CRS), which DDTP provides at no cost to eligible Californians, gives people with disabilities equal access to mainstream society, preserves their independence, and connects them to medical and emergency service providers more easily.

CTAP is providing Jitterbug Cell Phones at no cost to Californians who are CTAP certified as blind, low vision, hard of hearing, mobility-disabled, or cognitively-disabled and California Lifeline eligible. Monthly service charges apply. Please call 1-866-845-8761 for more information or go online to HYPERLINK "http://www.ddtp.org"www.ddtp.org.

Pick up an application at the Riverside service center, 6370 Magnolia Avenue, Suite 310, CA. 92506. Ask your medical doctor or other authorized professional to sign your application.

There is no cost, obligation, age, or income requirement for this State mandated program.

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