Equipment Distribution Program
South Carolina Equipment Distribution Program (SC EDP) is a program that enables to provide free equipment for South Carolina residents with qualifying hearing, speech, blind/low-vision with hearing loss or dual sensory disabilities. Individuals who are experiencing difficulty using their current telephone equipment are encouraged to apply to receive assistive equipment through the SC EDP.
The program is offered as an outreach service of the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB) in partnership with the Office of Regulatory Staff.
Visit the SC EDP website for more information
What Type of Equipment and Service are Available?
The program provides a wide range of equipment. Some examples of the equipment include amplified telephones, TTYs, artificial larynx and alerting devices. Training and equipment installation is provided at no charge.
Who Qualifies for the Program?
South Carolina residents who have phone service in their home and a certified disability that causes difficulty using a standard telephone are qualified. A professional must certify that the individual can benefit from special telephone equipment.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 has a significant impact on people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind or those with a Speech Disability in ensuring them equal telephone access. Below are relevant links pertaining to the provision of Telecommunications Relay Service and the strict requirements of confidentiality when making or receiving Relay or CapTel calls: