Loan Program Offers iPhones and iPads for Deaf and Speech-Impaired Individuals in Illinois


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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Options Center for Independent Living (CIL) is proud to announce a new program that offers loaner iPhones and iPads for individuals who are deaf or have permanent speech disabilities in Illinois. The devices come pre-installed with communication apps, allowing users to easily communicate with others.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be Illinois residents with an active phone service and a speech disability or be deaf. For those who use American Sign Language (ASL) as their primary form of communication, they may also apply for the Deaf iPhone/Deaf iPad loan program.

To apply, applicants must have their application signed by a doctor, audiologist, speech-language pathologist, hearing aid specialist, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant. Additionally, those applying for the Deaf iPhone/Deaf iPad loan program must complete a loan agreement and have their certification signed by a doctor, audiologist, or hearing aid specialist.

Applicants must be at least 5 years of age, and a copy of their birth certificate is required if they are under 18 years old. Applications are available at both Options CIL office locations or can be downloaded online.

For more information or to apply, interested individuals can visit Options CIL or call for an application. This program provides an excellent opportunity for individuals with speech or hearing disabilities to improve their communication abilities and enhance their quality of life.


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