An Intro to TEPP & TAP
TEPP (Telecommunications Equipment Purchase Plan) helps people with disabilities buy phone equipment that makes communicating easier! TEPP helps cover the cost of a many different devices, such as: teletypewriters (TTY), amplified phones, headsets, and more! TEPP is a voucher program, which requires a co-pay of $100.
TAP (Telecommunications Assistance Program) helps pay the first $100 of TEPP, if a person has a qualifying disability or is considered low-income. An individual will need to answer a few more questions to receive this extra help--fortunately, you can apply for both TEPP & TAP on the same application!
Why TEPP Matters
TEPP not only keeps patients and parents connected to the people who matter most; TEPP also provides patients and parents with equipment that tears down barriers. With assistive technology, people can schedule appointments, report changes in condition or disability to a medical professional or social security office; they call nurse hotlines, renew prescriptions, and simply stay in touch. They also need the comfort and security of knowing help is just a phone call away.
How TEPP Works
TEPP provides a voucher amount based on the severity of a person's disability. Voucher amounts can be viewed here. Vouchers can be used after recipients pay the $100 co-pay.
How TAP Works
TAP pays for the first $100 co-pay amount, if you're determined to be financially eligible or have difficulty hearing.
Wisconsin residents with deafness, hearing impairment, speech impairment, mobility, and motion impairment are eligible for TEPP; the program is available to individuals regardless of age or income!
How to Apply
Apply for TEPP & TAP at the same time! When you fill out your TEPP application, fill out the income section too. Also provide a hearing loss certificate, if applicable.