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May 20, 2014


Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391

Telecommunications Access Program to host technology fair in Great Falls

The Montana Telecommunications Access Program (MTAP) will be hosting a technology fair at the Great Falls Senior Center located at 1004 Central Avenue on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. 

MTAP provides telephone equipment to Montanans whose disabilities make it hard for them to use the phone. This equipment is free to those who qualify. 

The types of phone units on display will include text telephones (TTY/TDD), visual signalers, hands-free and amplified telephones.

“We encourage anyone who might be interested in these services to make plans to attend this event,” said DPHHS Director Richard Opper. “This is a great opportunity to introduce the Great Falls area community to this equipment that helps hundreds of Montanans every day. Even if you don’t need this type of equipment, perhaps you know someone who does.”

According to MTAP Executive Director Connie Phelps, MTAP delivers services to Montanans by overseeing the Montana Relay program, which allows people who are deaf to use telephone services, and by offering assistive equipment and services to Montanans whose disabilities make it hard for them to use the phone. About 900 Montanans utilize MTAP services each year.

The Montana Relay makes it possible to make phone calls between a standard telephone and a text telephone. With Montana Relay, an operator ‘translates’ between the two different phones, speaking aloud the typed message, so the standard phone user can hear it, and typing whatever is said, so the text telephone user can read it.

“Montana Relay makes communication by telephone simple, dependable and convenient for people who have difficulty using a standard phone,” Phelps said.

For more information about Montana Relay or other MTAP services, contact Phelps, at (800) 833-8503.

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