To serve individuals who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Latedeafened, people with Hearing Loss, and others with respect to all communication modes; by providing support services, advocacy, and education, which foster self-determination, empowerment, an independence.
The mission of the Georgia Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program is to provide specialized equipment to residents of the state of Georgia who, because of hearing or speech impairments, cannot otherwise communicate over the telephone.
The mission of the Georgia Public Service Commission is to ensure that consumers receive the best possible value in their telecommunications, electric, and natural gas services; and to improve natural gas pipeline safety and protect utility infrastructure from damage.
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APPLICATION PROCESS CHECKLIST:
- Application/Certificate of Need
- Proof of Income (If married, both incomes required)
- Proof of Residential Phone Service
- Proof of Georgia Residency
The following four requirements must be met in order to be eligible to receive free specialized telecommunication equipment.
- APPLICATION/CERTIFICATE OF NEED
Applicants must have the application and certificate of need form signed by a qualified audiologist, speech pathologist, medical doctor, hearing aid specialist, disability service center director, vocational rehabilitation counselor, or state certified teacher for the hearing and/or speech impaired that states the nature of their impairment.
- PROOF OF INCOME
Applicants must show proof that their annual income does not exceed 200% of the federal poverty level. If married, both incomes are required. Sources of proof will include, but may not be limited to, and governmental benefit check stub or letter, pay stub, or W-2 form.
- PROOF OF RESIDENTIAL PHONE SERVICE
Applicants must show proof that they have residential phone service. The applicant’s most recent phone bill will be sufficient documentation.
- PROOF OF GEORGIA RESIDENCY
Applicants must be a resident of Georgia. Applicant’s driver’s license, rental agreement, any utility bill or a piece of mail from a government agency may be used to determine this requirement.
WHAT IS GATEDP?
The Georgia Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (GATEDP) is a program enacted by the Georgia Legislature that provides specialized telecommunication equipment to Georgia residents with hearing and/or speech impairments that prevent them from using ordinary telecommunication equipment. The equipment remains the property of the State of Georgia and is loaned to recipients. This program offers equipment, training, and warranty repair services to eligible applicants free of charge. One must apply for the program by completing an application form and providing the required documents to determine eligibility. These documents include source of income, Georgia residency, phone service, and certification of need. Funding for the program is provided through a surcharge on residential an business land-based telephone subscriber bills. Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) contracts with the Georgia Council for the hearing Impaired, Inc. (GACHI) to be the distribution agency for the GATEDP. GACHI, established 1989, is a statewide non profit service center that provides an array of services throughout Georgia to the deaf and hard of hearing community.