Missouri’s Telecommunication Access Program (TAP) provides equipment to qualifying individuals who have difficulties using the phone or internet because of a disability. To get specific information, click on the program in which you are interested.
To qualify for the Telecommunications Access Program, the applicant must:
- Be certified by a licensed physician, audiologist, speech pathologist, hearing instrument specialist or qualified agency as unable to use traditional telecommunications equipment or computer equipment due to disability;
- Be a resident of the state of Missouri;
- Have access to basic telephone service for TAP-T; have a computer and internet service for TAP-I. For the TAP Wireless pilot, you must have WiFi access or mobile phone service (depending on selected equipment).
- Meet financial income standards (Generally, the applicant's have an annual adjusted household income under $60,000 for two people; with $5,000 being added for each additional dependent.)
TAP for Telephone
provides access to basic voice telephone calling (both sending and
receiving) for individuals with all types of disabilities through the delivery of
adaptive telephone equipment. The program provides such equipment as
text telephones, voice carry over phones, phone for hearing carry over,
amplified phones, Braille phones, hands-free phones and photo phones.
TAP for Internet
provides to Missourians who cannot use traditional computer equipment, the adaptive computer equipment necessary for basic access to the internet and e-mail. The program provides such equipment as screen enlargement software, screen readers, adaptive keyboards or alternative pointing devices such as trackballs or rollerballs. The TAP-I program provides consumer support during the selection and initial usage of the adaptive equipment.
The TAP Wireless Equipment Pilot
is designed to see how wireless devices can improve the ability of persons with disabilities to use telecommunications and communication tools such as e-mail, phone, text, or relay services to become more connected to their friends, families and communities. Participants may be eligible to receive a wireless device such as the iPhone®, iPad®, Jitterbug, Odin, and/or adaptive accessories. The Pilot is currently inviting applications from potential participants age 18 or older. Want more information? Go to the TAP Wireless Pilot page. Questions about the pilot can be e-mailed to: