Alaska Relay offers free solutions and services for Alaskans who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Speech Disabled.


To take advantage of the TEDP, you must be an Alaskan resident, 3 years old or older, and have a need for distance communication.

In addition, you must have one of the following as certified by a physician, audiologist or hearing-aid specialist, speech-language pathologist, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation or a Special Education Teacher:

  • Significant Hearing Loss
  • Speech Disability
  • Communication disorder which severely interferes with communicating effectively over the telephone


The Telecommunications Equipment and Tablet Distribution Program within Alaska Relay provides free distance communication equipment for qualified Alaskans who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Speech-disabled. 


Once Assistive Technology of Alaska receives your completed application and proof of residency, a representative will contact you to conduct an interview to better understand your distance communication needs.

Solution Examples


Alaska Relay services are free and enable people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind or those with a speech disability to place and receive phone calls. 

Relay calls can be made to anyone, anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Communications Assistants are specially trained to facilitate the calls. All calls are completely confidential.

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The Alaska Telecommunications Relay Service is funded by a surcharge established by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.