Current News Releases:

4/19/2012 11:45:00 AM
The EPAC is holding its regular monthly public meeting to discuss telecommunication services and equipment on Friday, April 13, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the DDTP Headquarters, 1333 Broadway, Suite 500, Oakland, CA 94612. If you are planning to attend the meeting and need communication assistance, please contact Patsy Emerson at (510) 302-1147 or email patsy@ddtp.org.  

3/29/2012 11:00:00 AM
Learn more about how DDTP works and how more than half a million Californians are benefiting from the Program. The 2008-2011 DDTP Consolidated Annual Report is now available in an accessible PDF. Click here for the 2008-2011 DDTP Consolidated Annual Report. The document is available in PDF, Word, HTML, and RTF accessible versions. 

12/3/2010 03:20:00 PM
The Oakland CTAP Service Center was CLOSED on Friday, December 3, 2010. Service resumed on Monday, December 6, 2010 at its new location. The address of the Berkeley CTAP Service Center is 3075 Adeline Street, Suite 260, Berkeley, CA 94703. The Berkeley CTAP Service Center is located at the Ed Roberts Campus, at the Ashby BART Station; the nearest cross street is Woolsey Street.

12/3/2010 10:20:00 AM
  New information about STS   Good news for people who do not use the phone because others have difficulty understanding your speech Your speech could be difficult for others to understand because you have had a stroke, a laryngectomy,

12/3/2010 12:00:00 PM
Businesses Can Serve More Customers By Sharing Information About Specialized Phones The Latin Business Association has the opportunity to make it easier for many people with hearing or visual limitations to inquire about products and services as well as place orders over the phone by telling their customers about a free state program.

10/19/2010 11:25:00 AM
Important Change to CA CapTel User Announcement and What CapTel Users Now Need to Do   Removal of Pre-recorded CA CapTel Announcement Message CapTel users in California currently see and hear a pre-recorded message at the beginning of each CapTel call that makes both call parties aware that another person is on the line. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has required use of this message to comply with California privacy laws.  In response to considerable consumer feedback, however, the CPUC has identified other options that would still comply with the privacy laws. Specifically, the CPUC has determined that CapTel users can comply with the law by directly informing the other participant on the CapTel call that a third party (i.e., a “communication assistant”, a “captionist” or even an “operator”) is on the call. A CA is a specially-trained captionist who re-voices what the hearing party says using speech-to-text software. This technology automatically transcribes the CA’s voice into text, which is simultaneously reviewed by the CA and is transmitted to the CapTel user’s text screen. It is the CapTel users’ legal responsibility to make the other person on the call aware of the captionist’s (or CA's) presence.   What CapTel Users Now Need to DoThe CPUC has authorized us to implement this change. If all goes well, starting on October 28, 2010, CapTel users will see a brief text-only message at the start of each call reminding them of their legal responsibility. This text message will say,“California law requires you to inform the other person(s) that there is an operator on the call”.It is the responsibility of the CapTel user to inform the other person on the call that a captionist or CA also is on the call; however, the CapTel users will have complete control over the words they use.  

9/30/2010 11:05:00 AM
The CPUC wishes to thank the many applicants and participants in this Pilot Program. The Pilot has provided valuable information to the Program regarding wireless devices and consumers’ needs. The DDTP will continue its support of all current Pilot participants, and continue to seek your feedback through pilot participant surveys. Again, thank you for your help in the Program’s pilot.

7/28/2010 02:05:00 PM
Effective August 1, 2010 Make your711 calls easier by registering your 711 Choice modality, language, and or provider choices. To register, please contact one of the two CRS providers  Hamilton Relay or AT&T Relay . Click here for more information link

7/26/2010 11:55:00 AM
 DDTP Participation in   Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)   20th Anniversary Events    ADA 2010 Celebrating 20 Years of Opening Doors Host Dayle McIntosh Center (DMC) Date Thursday, July 15, 2010 Time 1 00 PM – 5 00 PM Location DMC

7/20/2010 02:00:00 PM
On the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which seeks to provide equal opportunity to people with disabilities, the Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP) has made the promise into a reality for a half million Californians.  DDTP enables Californians who have difficulty seeing, hearing, speaking, remembering, and/or moving to communicate by telephone when these disabilities would make using a standard phone difficult or impossible. The California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) phones and California Relay Service (CRS), which DDTP provides at no cost to eligible Californians, gives people with disabilities equal access to mainstream society, preserves their independence, and connects them to medical and emergency service providers more easily.

5/10/2010 11:55:00 AM
There are two new part-time CTAP Service Center locations in Santa Barbara and Redding with limited hours. The Santa Barbara Service Center is open only the second Wednesday of the month from 9:00am – 12:00 noon and 1:00pm – 3:00pm. The Redding Service Center is open only the second Thursday of the month from 10:00am – 4pm. 

5/4/2010 11:50:00 AM
The DDTP’s California Telephone Access Program is providing Jitterbug Cell Phones at no cost to Californians who are CTAP certified as blind, low vision, hard of hearing, mobility-disabled, or cognitively-disabled and California Lifeline eligible. Monthly service charges apply. Please call 1-866-845-8761 for more information.