You are eligible to receive equipment from
Kentucky’s Telecommunications Access Program (TAP)
if you meet the following criteria:
- You must be a legal resident of the Commonwealth of Kentucky for at least one year. Identification must be provided by the applicant, with a matching address as listed on the application, to established residency.
- You must be at least five (5) years of age to apply. If you are under 18 years of age, your parent/guardian must sign the application and assume full responsibility for the equipment. You must be thirteen (13) years of age or older to apply for a wireless device.
- You must be deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired or deaf-blind to the extent that you cannot use the telephone for communication without the use of adaptive equipment. You must provide, at your own expenses, professional verification that you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired. A state licensed physician (General Practitioner, Family Physician, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT), or Internal Medicine), Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, audiologist or speech pathologist must provide this verification. Additional verification is required to verify vision loss for some equipment.
- Verify telephone or internet service as requested. The bill must show the name, address and number of the applicant or additional verification is required.
Equipment is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants may be placed on a waiting list in times of fiscal constraints. First-time applicants have priority over those who have already received equipment and are reapplying for additional equipment.