The Telecommunications Access Program (TAP)
(Provides vouchers for specialized telephone equipment
for Kansas residents with hearing, vision, speech, cognitive,
or mobility disabilities/impairments)
A demonstration site is available at
Mid-America Alliance for Access
626 Minnesota Ave. Suite 200.
Kansas City, KS 66101
321-5140/V, 866-201-3829, 321-5216/TTY
where they provide medical equipment,
home modification resources, and
information and advocacy for individuals with disabilities.
What types of phones are available?
- TTY text telephones for the deaf
- Amplified phones for persons who are hard of hearing
- Large-button phones for persons with low vision
- Braille phones for people who are blind
- Voice-activated phones for people with limited use of their hands
- Photo phones for people with memory loss
How do I know whether I qualify for TAP?
- You must be a Kansas resident.
- You must have telephone service in your home.
- You must have a certified disability.
- You must have a household income of
less than $55,000 per year, plus a dependent allowance.
How do I apply for TAP?
You will need to fill out an application that includes a signature
by your physician, ophthalmologist, audiologist, speech pathologist,
vocational rehabilitation counselor, or optometrist.
Where do I get an application?
Contact the TAP office, or see http://atk.ku.edu/ks-tap
to download and print an application.
Once your application has been approved, TAP will send you a voucher
for an amount that will cover the cost of your phone, and a list of
vendors from whom you must order your equipment.
The approved vendors will need your voucher for payment
and will send you the phone you need.
How often may I apply for TAP?
Every four years.