Who’s Eligible for a Communication Device?

Variety’s My Voice® Program provides a communication device (currently a restricted iPad with one prescribed communication app) to children who are nonverbal (or have a communication disorder).
All equipment is provided for free, but you must meet the following eligibility:

Location

Must live in one of 59 counties in Pennsylvania, including:   Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Somerset, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, and York.

Diagnosis

Have a documented communication disorder by your child’s licensed Speech Language Pathologist (preferably with ASHA Certification).

Age

Be 3 through 21 years of age. An application may be submitted up to 60 days prior to a child’s 3rd birthday, but equipment can not be presented until the child is 3 years old.

Application

Complete and submit the Program Application to the best of your knowledge.

Income

Applicant’s household income must not exceed Variety’s income guidelines. Income verification is required with the application (see pages 6-7 in the application).

# Household Members Household Salary
2 $102,200
3 $129,100
4 $156,000
5 $182,900
6 $209,800
7 $236,700
8 $263,600

-For each additional person, add $26,900.

Letter of Medical Justification (LMJ)

Request a letter from a licensed Speech Language Pathologist (preferably with ASHA Certification) indicating that the child has successfully trialed an iPad as a communication device and that it would be appropriate for the child (see page 13 in the application).

Follow-up

A phone consultation with Variety’s Program Manager may be required with the parent and/or the licensed  SLP for more information.

Presentation of Device

Once approved, Variety will work with the child’s SLP to mail them the device for further customization, and then safely present it to the child/family at a predetermined location (e.g. therapy, school, etc).

Can we apply for a second communication device?

YES! If your child received a communication device through Variety, you are welcome to apply for a second device three years after you received the first one. Please note, Variety can only fund a maximum of two communication devices per child.

For the SLP: If the child is still using the same app and it won’t change for the second device, then a trial / evaluation is not needed to be done, and it can be explained in the LMJ. If a new app is being requested, then a trial / evaluation should be completed and outlined in the LMJ.

To re-apply, your child must still meet all of the eligibility guidelines outlined in the application, and a full application must be completed (the old device is not required back).

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