The folks at Deaf and Hearing Services of Lake and Sumter Counties give away amplified telephones to Florida residents that have hearing difficulties. Several local distribution events have been set up during May and June in recognition of Better Speech and Hearing Month. To qualify for a free phone, you must be a Florida resident over the age of three years old who has difficulties hearing on the phone.
Deaf and Hearing Services located in Leesburg is a non-profit agency established in 1991. They are the area’s only Regional Distribution Center for Florida’s Free Amplified Phone Program. This program from the State of Florida was created through state legislation and funded by a .10 per month assessment on all Florida landlines. “It’s a great example of how a small financial investment by an individual consumer pays huge dividends to the community”, says Executive Director, Mariah Delgado.
Life-long resident, George Chancey (pictured) agrees, “I’ve been using my phone for years helping me run my business and being able to keep in touch with my grandkids, loud and clear.”
Deaf & Hearing will be giving away free amplified telephones on Wednesdays at the following locations: May 22nd at the Belvedere Library from 12:00pm-2:00pm, May 29th at the Bushnell Library from 9:00am-11:00am, and June 12th at the Pinellas Plaza Library from 12:00pm-2:00pm.
For more information about the program, visit the Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc.’s website at www.ftri.org or call Deaf & Hearing Services of Lake and Sumter Counties at (352) 323-0757.