Free Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program

The Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living (NNCIL) has partnered with the Southern Nevada Center for Independent Living (SNCIL) and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center (DHHARC) to offer telecommunications equipment to the hard of hearing in Northern Nevada.

The available equipment includes:

  • Amplified Telephones: Gives people the ability to adjust the volume and tone to help them hear better.
  • Captioned Telephones: State-of-the-art technology that displays written captions of everything that is spoken during a telephone conversation
  • Teletypewriters: Enables people to type messages back and forth rather than talking
  • CapTel Internet (high speed required): works like any traditional telephone, but it also connects to the Internet to show written captions during telephone conversations
  • Ring/Light Signalers: Notifies individuals of an incoming call by flashing a lamp on and off
  • Voice Carry Over Phones: Allows a person who can hear, but not speak, to listen directly to the standard telephone user’s conversation and respond by typing
  • Big Button Phones: Large, easy-read buttons and amplified decibels aid seniors and the elderly in making calls, hearing and being heard on the line.

The equipment is available for free to any Nevada resident who is:

  • Deaf or with qualifying hearing loss with low vision and/or speech impairment, and
  • Whose telecommunications capacity is creating a barrier towards independent living, community involvement or in employment

Anyone interested in the program, should contact Lorina Daviton at (775) 353-3599 or

The Nevada TEDP is a statewide telecommunications equipment distribution program funded by the Public Utilities Commission through the Department of Health and Human Services, Aging and Disability Services Division.

About Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living
NNCIL was founded in 1982 by a small group of people with disabilities, who believe that each person, regardless of the severity of his or her disability, has the potential to grow, develop and share fully the joys and responsibilities of our society. For more information, visit