MAINE RELAY is a free statewide service that connects voice telephone users with people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, have a speech disability, or are late-deafened. The service allows consumers to use special equipment (i.e. captioned telephone, TTY, VCO or HCO) to communicate with standard voice telephone users. For more information, go to: www.maine.gov/trs
In addition to MAINE RELAY, Disability Rights Maine (DRM) has a state program, called the Telecommunications Equipment Program (TEP), which was established by state law to provide ‘No’ or ‘Low’ cost adaptive telecommunications equipment to any Maine resident who cannot use their home’s conventional telephone due to a physical or cognitive disability.
The Telecommunications Equipment Program was established to assist low-income residents, and most clients pay nothing for the phone equipment they need. Through a simple application process, the DRM’s TEP staff will determine which amplified, captioned, or voice-activated telephone and call signaler will meet your needs. Additionally, qualifying applicants can choose to get a free hearing aid through TEP. For more information, go to: www.drme.org/deaf-services/tep
Disability Rights Maine helps to educate Mainers and promote Maine Relay Services in local communities statewide.