NewsOK: Oklahoma City News, Sports, Weather & Entertainment

Do you have hearing or speech communication needs?

The Oklahoma School for the Deaf’s Equipment Distribution Program is offering telephone and assistive equipment to eligible Oklahomans who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have speech communication needs.

This adaptive equipment is free or at little cost for those who meet the guidelines of the program, which is located on the school’s main campus in Sulphur.

The Oklahoma School for the Deaf is a division of Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

“OSD’s Equipment Distribution Program offers telephone devices, such as amplified phones, captioned phones which automatically display conversation as text, and text telephones (TTYs) with keyboards that enable users to type messages that are transmitted over regular phone lines,” said Brandy Johnson, DRS equipment distribution program coordinator.

Home alerting devices that are available through the program include flashing or vibrating signalers. The assistive equipment will alert the consumer by vibration and/or flashing lights when the phone rings, an alarm clock buzzes, a smoke alarm sounds, a doorbell rings, a baby cries or when severe weather warnings are issued.

For more information about the equipment distribution program or other services, go to or contact Johnson by phone at 580-622-4913, videophone for the deaf at 405-294-3977 or