Equipment Distribution Services, operated by the North Carolina Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (DSDHH), provides telephone equipment and other related communication equipment to eligible state residents who are deaf or hard of hearing.

 

To apply for free equipment, make an appointment with a telecommunications consultant at a DHSDHH regional center. Bring to the appointment your driver license, documentation of income, proof of disability, and your social security number. At the appointment, you will fill out an application and if needed, participate in an equipment demonstration with the consultant.

EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTION SERVICES

ELIGIBILITY

To qualify for free equipment, you should:

Be a legal resident of North Carolina

 

Have an income that is up to 250% of the current federal poverty level

Have a certificate of disability

7 REGIONAL CENTERS 

The Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (DSDHH) provides services through its seven North Carolina regional centers. These services are open to deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind individuals.  There is no charge for these services.

 

To make an appointment to get free equipment, click here and find your Regional Center's contact information.

 

Relay North Carolina (Relay NC) is funded by a surcharge on landlines and wireless connections in North Carolina and administered by the North Carolina Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing.

TTY and Voice Carry-Over (VCO) relay are not compatible with PBX system, VOIP phones or digital landlines; a dedicated landline must be used. While local calls are made at no charge, long distance calls are now available at no charge effective July 1, 2017.

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