Telecommunications Access Program (TAP)

What is TAP?

TAP is a program within Arkansas Rehabilitation Services that enables individuals to lead more independent lives by providing specialized equipment for communication.

TAP provides telephone equipment at no cost to eligible Arkansans who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, or who have a speech, visual, mobility or cognitive impairment that prevents them from using a standard telephone. TAP is a program within Arkansas Rehabilitation Services that removes the barriers to telecommunication access through the provision of accessible communication technology.

Who is eligible for the TAP program?

Eligibility is based on verification of one’s hearing loss and a family’s financial status.

  1. Arkansas resident.
  2. Personal telecommunication service.
  3. Disability certified by a qualified professional verifying the need for specialized telecommunication equipment.
  4. Income Eligibility: If the applicant’s income is $50,000 a year or below the equipment is free. If you make more than $50,000, a shared cost option is available.

How do I apply for the TAP?

You can visit the TAP website to download application forms.