At the Montana Telecommunications Access Program (MTAP) and Montana Relay, we strive to be a true partner for Montanans who are deaf, hard of hearing or have difficulty speaking. Here are some helpful tools in telecommunications and beyond that we can help connect you to.
American Sign Language (ASL) Classes
MTAP offers American Sign Language class 1 hour a week. Classes are free and open to the public. For details, email MTAP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters
If you need an ASL interpreter, MTAP and Montana Relay can help! Our division maintains a directory of certified ASL interpreters who have been qualified under the standards set by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. Current list of Qualified Sign Language Interpreters.
COVID-19 Healthcare Card
To help you clearly communicate with medical professionals during the pandemic, MTAP and Montana Relay are proud to offer you the FREE COVID-19 Healthcare Card. Adapted from tools created by the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Wisconsin Council on Physical Disabilities, this printable card makes it easy for you to interact with first responders, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to ensure you and your loved ones get the care you need. Download and print the FREE COVID-19 Healthcare Card.
Lifeline Benefits Program
Lifeline is the FCC’s program to help make communication services more affordable for low-income consumers. Eligible customers can qualify for a discount for phone service or qualifying broadband service. The program is limited to one benefit per household and the benefit is nontransferable. Learn more
RapidSOS Emergency Health Profile
RapidSOS is an emergency data platform that securely provides 9-1-1 centers with important caller information. Citizens can create an Emergency Health Profile so that first responders using RapidSOS have access to important information such as preexisting health conditions, medications, and allergies. Download and print Emergency Health Profile flyer.
Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing or have difficulty speaking often face situations in which they must advocate on their own behalf. Our FREE Self-Advocacy Guide, adapted from the National Association of the Deaf, offers helpful tips on how to explain your rights and request the services you need.