Do you have hearing loss? Try free amplified phones, other equipment


Schaumburg Township Disability Services is a selection center for free testing of amplified phones and other equipment through the Illinois Telecommunications Access Program.

Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation provides free equipment to Illinois residents who are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities. Staff at the Township’s Disability Services Department provide free demonstrations, and those interested can place a test call to see what equipment is best for them.

The tests are available without appointment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday; although nominations are encouraged.

ITAC offers five amplified phones, two cell phone amplifiers and captioned phones. ITAC also recently added the Apple iPad with improved and alternative communication apps to help people with speech disabilities communicate.

To be eligible for the program, you must be a resident of Illinois, have active phone service (home, cell, prepaid), and have a medical certificate stating on the application that you cannot use standard phone services.

To be eligible for iPad with AAC apps, certification of the applicant’s speech impairment by a speech-language pathologist is required on application.

Applications are available at Canton Schaumburg by calling (847) 285-4541 or online at

There is no age or income requirement. ITAC’s programs are funded by a levy on the fixed and cellular lines of participating companies.

Customers are entitled to free equipment every three years and can keep the equipment they already own.

Call (847) -285-4541 for more information or to make an appointment to test the free ITAC equipment. To request a demonstration at a senior living center, church, school, or other location, contact Lauren Ewan, Deputy Director of Disability Services, at (847) 285-4541 or [email protected]


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