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Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program

The Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP) is a state-wide program to provide financial assistance to qualified persons with disabilities so they may purchase specialized telecommunications devices and services that allow them to use the telephone network.  Individuals must fill out an application and send it to the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Division of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS).

The Division of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services will review the application to determine if the applicant meets the criteria as defined by law.  Once approved, the applicant will receive a voucher that will allow purchase of certain equipment or services, depending on their need.  The face value of the voucher is determined by the equipment needed.  Only registered vendors can redeem vouchers.  However, if a non-registered vendor wants to accept the voucher, they can apply to become a vendor in the program.

  • You must be a person who finds it difficult to hear or speak while using a telephone.
  • You must be a Texas resident.

To Apply:

DARS Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services:
(512) 407-3250 or (512) 407-3251 (TTY)

STAP Web site

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