Tablet pro­gram an­nounced for low-in­come res­i­dents with dis­abil­i­ties

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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 or con­tact Mary­land Re­lay at 800-552-7724 (Voice/TTY), 410-767-6960 (Voice/TTY), or 443-453-5970 (Video Phone).

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