Founded by the Georgia State Legislature and overseen by the Public Service Commission, the Georgia Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (GATEDP) provides free telecommunications equipment to qualified applicants throughout the state of Georgia.
Administered by the Georgia Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (GCDHH), GATEDP offers a variety of specialized solutions to fit the varying needs of applicants who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or have difficulty speaking. Available options include:
- Amplified and CapTel® phones
- Hands-free phones
- TTYs (text telephones)
- Visual alerts and more
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The following requirements must be met in order to be eligible to receive free specialized telecommunications equipment:
- Application/Certificate of Need
Download your application and certificate of need form. Once completed, it must be signed by a qualified audiologist, speech pathologist, medical doctor, hearing aid specialist, disability service center director, vocational rehabilitation counselor, or state certified teacher for the hearing and/or speech impaired that states the nature of your impairment.
- Proof of Income
Your annual income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. If married, both incomes are required. Sources of proof can include, but may not be limited to, governmental benefit check stub or letter, pay stub, or W-2 form.
- Proof of Residential Phone Service
Your recent phone bill will be sufficient documentation of residential phone service.
- Proof of Georgia Residency
Your driver’s license, rental agreement, any utility bill or a piece of mail from a government agency may be used to determine residency.
Equipment Evaluations and Training
Once your application has been approved, an appointment will be made with an assessor/trainer to determine the technology best suited to your need.
After your device has been selected, free training will be provided with an assigned trainer to ensure you know how to use the device and to answer any possible questions you or your family may have.
How to Apply
To apply to receive free specialized telecommunications equipment through GATEDP, download the application here. Your application along with your supporting documents can be submitted via fax to 404-299-3642 or mailed or delivered to the Georgia Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing office.
4151 Memorial Dr.
Decatur, GA 30032
If you have questions about applying, please call 1-888-297-9461.