GA Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (GATEDP)
Founded in March 2003 by the Georgia State Legislature and managed by the Public Service Commission, the Georgia Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (GATEDP) provides free Telecommunications equipment to qualified applicants who have hearing or speech impairment GACHI is responsible for administering the program, distributing the equipment, and providing training sessions.
What is the application process?
To apply, individuals must complete an official application and submit supporting documents; including proof of income, proof of Georgia residency, proof of phone service in their home and a certificate of need form. Applications can be sent via e-mail, regular mail, or fax. They can also be hand delivered to one of our GACHI offices.
How do I know if I qualify?
Once you submit your application, we review it carefully before making and eligibility decision. If you qualify for assistance, you will receive a congratulation letter by mail. All approved applicants have the option to receive equipment and training or he/ she can choose to waive the training. Anyone who chooses to accept training, a trainer will help with selecting the best equipment for your needs. If you are found ineligible, you will receive a letter from the GATEDP coordinator explaining the reason(s) for your rejection.
What kinds of equipment are available?
• TTYs (text telephones)
• Hands-free phones
• Amplified and Captel Phones
• Visual alerts
• And much more!
What if I need help using my new equipment?
Free equipment training is provided for all approved GATEDP applicants. Once you select your equipment, your assigned trainer will teach you how to use it properly and answer any questions you may have.
When and where do GATEDP workshops take place?
GATEDP workshops are held on a monthly basis at various locations throughout the state. For a workshop schedule, or to request a workshop for your organization, call 1-800-541-0710 (voice/TTY).
To learn more …
Call 404-297-9461 (voice/TTY) or 1-888-297-9461 (voice/TTY)
Or you can visit www.gachi.org.
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