October 12, 2015
Contacts: Susan Ackerman,
Chair, 503 378-6611, Stephen Bloom, Commissioner, 503 378-6611, John Savage,
Commissioner, 503 378-6611, Karla Hunter, Policies Analyst/Communications
Coordinator, 503 373-0044, Jon Cray, RSPF Manager, 503-373-1400
OR The Oregon Public Utility Commission
announced earlier this year, it was recruiting Oregon residents to participate
in a pilot project for the Telecommunication Devices Access Program
(TDAP). The purpose of the pilot was to
examine whether the Commission should include iPads to help Oregonians who have
a loss in hearing, speech, vision, mobility, or cognition to communicate on the
phone. A total of twenty-six individuals
participated in the pilot and the majority recommended that the program make
iPads available to qualifying Oregon residents.
As a result, TDAP began to offer iPads to Oregonians in August.
The iPad comes equipped with a protective
case and is preloaded with telecommunications or related apps specific to the
individual’s needs. For example, a
person who has a hearing loss may use an app that captions what is said when
they make or receive a call on their iPad.
A person who is deaf may use an app that allows them to make or receive
calls via an American Sign Language interpreter.
If you or someone you know may qualify for
an iPad, please visit www.rspf.org,
call 1-800-848-4442 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., or send an e-mail to email@example.com
to request an application or obtain additional information about available
Oregon Telecommunication Devices Access Program (TDAP) serves
approximately 7,000 Oregonians who have a loss in hearing, speech, vision,
mobility or cognition. The program is part of the Residential Service
Protection Fund (RSPF), which is funded by a nine cent monthly surcharge on
retail telephone bills.