Kansas Telecommunications Access Program and TRS Program Management
The Kansas Telecommunications Access Program (TAP) is an accessible telecommunications equipment distribution program. The purpose of the program is to provide specialized telephones and other telecommunications devices to Kansans with disabilities who cant use traditional home telephones. Based on a state law, the program receives funds through the Kansas Universal Service Fund (KUSF) and is regulated by the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC). Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) began to manage Kansas TAP in May 2014. The management office is located in Parsons and each of the regional AT Access Sites and the affiliate office assist with applications and provide demonstrations. Six additional Centers for Independent Living and the Deaf Cultural Center in Olathe also serve as equipment demonstration sites. TAP provides specialized telephones at no cost to those that qualify. Kansas residents with existing telephone service and income below $55,000 per year will qualify if they also have trouble hearing, seeing, speaking, remembering, walking, or holding a telephone.