During winter, many of us hunker down – it’s a time for cozy socks and hot chocolate. But, this winter feels different after months of COVID. In this time of isolation, whether from COVID precautions or difficulty getting out in the winter weather, we all need a chance to connect with each other. For many of us, the phone is a great way to reach out – except if the phone is hard to use. Do you have difficulty using the telephone because the numbers aren’t readable, buttons are too small, or the speaker just isn’t loud enough to hear? Do you know someone whose vision, hearing, or physical abilities make it hard to use a phone? Many individuals benefit from TEAP!
What is TEAP? The Telecommunications Equipment Assistance Program (TEAP) is provided and serviced by Future In Sight through a contract with the NH Governor’s Commission on Disability. Through TEAP, Future In Sight professionals work with you one on one, to identify a specialized telephone or other communication device which will support your independence. This program provides telephones with features that meet your needs. And, best of all, for those who qualify the device is available at no charge or a small cost-share. Once we have worked with you to identify a phone which meets your needs, we provide training so you know how to effectively use your new device.
A phone that you can independently use opens the door to many opportunities, whether it’s connecting with family or friends, reaching out to resources, or communicating with your healthcare provider.
Don’t let difficulty using the phone be a barrier to your independence; reach out to Future In Sight today to find out what TEAP can do for you! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah joined Future In Sight in December 2020 following nearly 14 years at Granite State Independent Living, most recently as the Director of Independent Living Services. At GSIL, Sarah led a team of managers and direct service professionals providing statewide services to people with a variety of disabilities, all focused on enhancing independence in the home and community.
Prior to GSIL, Sarah was a HUD-approved Housing Counselor, providing Homebuyer Education and Financial Fitness workshops and coaching sessions. Before her career with nonprofits, Sarah spent more than ten years in the banking industry, including as the Branch Manager of a community bank. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Franklin Pierce University.
Sarah is committed to programs and services which enhance and increase the independence of individuals affected by vision loss and blindness.