Speech Generating Devices

  • NEW PILOT: On January 11, 2017, the CPUC launched a pilot entitled “Voice Options,” which will connect Californians with speech disabilities to iPads that function as a speech generating device (SGD). To learn more, please visit http://voiceoptions.org/.
  • The CPUC, as part of its Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP), provides funding for Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) as the provider of last resort pursuant to California Public Utilities Code Section 2881.
  • Applications for DDTP Funding of Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) are now available.
  • The SGDs covered by this application are those identified as durable medical equipment by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Applicants for funding need to have been evaluated by a speech language pathologist (SLP). To qualify for this program, the SGDs must meet the applicant’s needs for access to, and use of, the telephone network based on the recommendation of an SLP.
  • The DDTP SGD Application Package for Funding consists of four documents. Please download the four documents from the links below and complete per the instructions.

    Application Packet | Authorization for Release | Provider Release Form | Responsibility Letter

    Those applicants who do not have any public or private insurance that will fund an SGD, in whole or in part, will need to complete a fifth document Letter of Attestation.

 

SGD provider contact information (alphabetical order):

SGD providers   
Vendor Contact Information

 

 

Attainment Company, Inc.

504 Commerce Parkway

P.O. Box 930160

Verona, WI 53593-0160

Attn: Autumn Garza

 autumn@attainmentcompany.com

Phone: 800-327-4269

Fax: 800-942-3865

Forbes Rehab Services, Inc.

49 South Illinois Avenue

Mansfield, OH 44905

Attn: Kristine Ernest

kristinee@frs-solutions.com

Phone: 888-884-2190

Fax: 877-884-9383

 

LC Technologies, Inc.

10363 Democracy Lane

Fairfax, VA 22030

Attn: Sammie Min

Funding2011@eyegaze.com

Phone: 703-385-8800

Fax: 703-385-7137

Lingraphicare America, Inc.

103 Carnegie Center, Suite 104

Princeton, NJ 08540

 

Attn: Victor Stezzi

vstezzi@lingraphica.com

Ph: 888-274-2742

Fax: 609-275-1311

PRC (Prentke Romich Co. – including Saltillo)

1022 Heyl Road

Wooster, OH 44691

 

Attn: Angie Neveadomi

adn@prentrom.com

Phone: 800-268-5224

Fax: 330-202-5810

Talk To Me Technologies, LLC
3508 Terrace Drive
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Attn: Marty Gallagher
marty@talktometechnologies.com
Phone: 877-392-2299#705

Tobii/Dynavox Systems, LLC

2100 Wharton Street, Suite 400
Pittsburg, PA 15203

Attn: Alicia Trax

Alicia.trax@tobiidynavox.com

Phone: 800-344-1778

Fax: 866-336-2737

 

Words+, Inc.

749 County Road 54

Bremen, AL 35033

 

 

Attn: Tanya Curtis

tanya@words-plus.com

Phone: 503-567-7406

Phone: 800-869-8521

Fax: 888-298-9056

  • Assembly Bill 136 (Beall, 2011, Ch. 404) directed the CPUC to include SGDs as part of its DDTP and added speech language pathologists as certifying agents.
  • Pursuant to legislation, the CPUC adopted rules to expand the DDTP to include SGDs by January 1, 2014. The CPUC voted out Decision 13-12-054 (December 19, 2013) which put in place these rules.
  • In response to CPUC Decision 13-12-054 in R. 13-03-008 implementing AB 136 (Ch. 404, 2011), the Communications Division provided a report dated July 31, 2014 on the status of the first six months of Speech Generating Device distribution for January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014.

The CPUC Rulemaking (R. 13-03-008) which resulted in the above decision addressing Speech Generating Devices remains open. A workshop on Phase II issues, including non durable medical equipment SGD-like Supplemental Telecommunications Equipment was held April 29, 2014.