Florida Telecommunications Relay Distributes Free Amplified Phones to Florida


The Deaf Service Center of Palm Beach County reminds area residents, that free amplified telephones are available to permanent Florida residents with hearing loss.

West Palm Beach, FL (I-Newswire) February 14, 2013 - The Deaf Service Center of Palm Beach County reminds area residents, that free amplified telephones are available to permanent Florida residents with hearing loss. The Deaf Service Center is one of 22 regional distribution centers for Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc., the statewide non-profit organization that administers the specialized phone program.

To qualify for a free amplified phone, you must be a permanent Florida resident, at least 3 years of age and certified with a hearing loss. Phones are distributed by appointment every Wednesday morning at the Deaf Service Center of Palm Beach County, located at 3111 S. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. Call 561-802-3353 for more information or to make an appointment. Cordless phones, amplified phones, captioned phones, and phones that amplify and clarify speech are a few of the options available.

In 1991, the Florida Legislature passed the Telecommunications Access System Act (TASA). The intent of TASA is to provide basic telecommunications services for Hard of Hearing, Deaf, Deaf/Blind, and Speech Disabled individuals, in the most cost effective way possible. TASA mandates that the FTRI equipment distribution program and the Florida Relay Service be funded by a monthly surcharge billed to all telephone customers (landlines) in the State of Florida.


About FTRI
Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (FTRI) is a statewide non-profit 501(c)3 organization that
administers the Specialized Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program for citizens of Florida who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf/Blind and Speech Impaired. FTRI is also responsible for the education and promotion of the Florida Relay Service. For more information, visit www.ftri.org.

About the Deaf Service Center
The Deaf Service Center of Palm Beach County, Inc. was founded in 1984 as a private, non-profit
501(c)(3) human service organization. It was established to assist deaf and hard-of-hearing families and
individuals of all ages to achieve independence through accessibility, education and advocacy. The
majority of the agency's programs and services are free of charge. Today, the Deaf Service Center in
West Palm Beach continues to be the only agency in Palm Beach County providing services and
programs specifically for individuals with hearing loss. According to data from the National Center for
Health Statistics, and local county statistics, Palm Beach County has a population of more than 202,000
(16% of the total population) individuals with hearing loss. Of this group, over 16,000 are profoundly deaf.
For more information, visit www.deafservicecenter.com.






About Deaf Service Center of Palm Beach County

About the Deaf Service Center of Palm Beach County

It is our vision that quality of l   More..ife will not be limited by hearing loss. Through prevention, accommodation, assistive technology and community acceptance, full potential of persons with hearing loss shall be realized.

Mission

It is our mission to provide information, services, products, and support for individuals with hearing loss to assist them in achieving independence through communications access.

Company Overview

The Deaf Service Center of Palm Beach County is the only local agency devoted exclusively to meeting the needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults.

Description

Established in 1984, the DEAF SERVICE CENTER OF PALM BEACH COUNTY is the only local agency devoted exclusively to meeting the needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults. The agency provides information, services, products and support for individuals with hearing loss to assist them in achieving independence through communication access. On a weekly basis, the agency responds to an avera...ge of 500 questions about hearing loss, passes out approximately 60 free telephones specially designed for the hearing impaired, trains or speaks before approximately 200 people, and helps approximately one dozen individuals facing personal problems or concerns caused by hearing loss. The Deaf Service Center of Palm Beach County is partner agency of the Town of Palm Beach United Way and is funded in part by the Board of County Commissioners.

Established in 1999, the HEARING WELLNESS CENTER is the audiology services branch of the Deaf Service Center. The Center offers comprehensive hearing evaluations free of charge to the public. Evaluation results are used to determine the best course of treatment for hearing disabilities. The Center provides a full line of hearing aid options from entry-level digital to high-end digital hearing aids and sees more than 60 individuals each week. The Center's doctorate-level audiologists are licensed in the State of Florida and do not receive commission.Less..

Contact Information

Deaf Service Center of Palm Beach County
Lisa Bankert
3111 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 237
West Palm Beach, FL
33405
Phone : 1-561-802-3353

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