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No Cost Specialized Phones for Hard of Hearing, Deaf and Deaf/Blind FL residents

Post Date:04/12/2019 11:30 AM

No Cost Specialized Telephones for Hard of Hearing, Deaf and Deaf/Blind Florida Residents

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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 Disabled. FTRI is also responsible for the education and promotion of the Florida Relay Service (7-1-1).

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Florida resident
  • Over the age of three years old
  • Certified as being Hard of Hearing, Deaf, Deaf/Blind, or Speech Impaired
  • Have landline

Client Certification:  
The following professionals can certify a client as being Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf/Blind or Speech Impaired:

  • Deaf Service Center Director
  • Hearing Healthcare Professional
  • Audiologist
  • Licensed Physician
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Appropriate State/Federal Agency Representative
  • State Certified Teacher for the Hearing Impaired or Visually Impaired

To sign up to receive an application, you can call 800-222-3448 or apply online

The Center for Hearing and Communication, located in Fort Lauderdale, is the largest distributor of phones in Florida, serving ALL of South Florida.  For more information about the Center for Hearing and Communication, please visit

Florida Relay is a service provided to residents in the State of Florida who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf/Blind, or Speech Disabled that connects them to standard (voice) telephone users. Through the use of highly trained Operators, calls can be made 24/7, 365 days a year allowing our Florida residents who are in need of Relay services to connect and communicate with anyone at any time.

All calls remain confidential, and no records of conversations are ever maintained.

Dial 7-1-1 to get assistance communicating
with standard (voice) telephone users.

For more details visit Florida Relay online.

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