Tablet program announced for low-income residents with disabilities
Gov. Larry Hogan has announced that Maryland Relay, a public service provided by the state to assist people who are unable to use a standard telephone to make and receive calls, is now accepting applications for no-cost tablets through the Maryland Accessible Telecommunications (MAT) program.
“Our administration is focused on finding ways to improve the quality of life for all of our citizens,” said Gov. Hogan. “The tablet program is just the latest example of how we are working to ensure that all Marylanders, regardless of disability, are able to communicate with ease — an ability that many of us take for granted.” The Maryland Board of Public Works approved the addition of tablets to the MAT program in June 2016, and tablets will begin to be distributed this month.
Qualified MAT applicants are those who do not use a standard telephone due to their hearing status, speaking difficulties, low vision, low mobility or cognitive factors. They must also meet specific financial requirements. Once approved, applicants must be evaluated at one of the six MAT Evaluation Centers located throughout the state to en- sure they receive the equipment best suited to meet their individual needs.
People wishing to apply for a tablet or assistive telephone through the MAT program, or who would like more information, may visit www.mdrelay.org or contact Maryland Relay at 800-552-7724 (Voice/TTY), 410-767-6960 (Voice/TTY), or 443-453-5970 (Video Phone).