Resources for navigating the AAC funding process
Updated: Oct 13, 2020
High-tech communication devices that "speak" for the user can be a lifeline for communication. These devices range from simple GoTalk devices that cost a few hundred dollars to eye gaze activated TobiiDynavox devices that rival a car in cost. For those who need this technology to communicate, please see below for the multitude of funding options available to help Texans communicate. Some of these programs also help cover some or all of the cost of technology to improve environment and computer access.
Association of Blind Citizens
Covers 50% of the retail cost for tech products for individuals who are blind
Bard, by The National Library Service
Loans of audio and braille books and audio book readers, and access to digital versions of audio books for the blind and print disabled
Captioned phones for hearing loss, including large font phones. Phones require a dedicated phone line or a cell phone as well as internet access.
Special Education Programs at your school
Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP)
Technology for accessing the phone system, including speech-generating devices. This is a great resource for individuals living in nursing homes.
Techs & Trainers
Used computers for Houston residents with disabilities
Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Input devices that allow people with quadriplegia to use computers
iCanConnect, also known as the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program
ILRU Centers for Independent Living and Associations
Insurance and Health Plans
Lending Libraries for short term device loans
Reach Centers serve the Dallas area
Texas Technology Access Program
Texas Equipment Loan Program
Harmonic Speech Therapy helps individuals gain greater independence through improved communication. Please reach out if you would like help finding your voice: www.harmonicspeech.com/contactus