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 eligible children with a communication disorder to give them a voice at all times. Children must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Reside in one of the 71 counties that Variety currently serves, including: 59 counties in Pennsylvania (i.e. 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, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, and York), and 12 counties in West Virginia (i.e. Barbour, Brooke, Doddridge, Hancock, Harrison, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Taylor, and Wetzel).
Have a documented communication disorder by your child’s licensed Speech Language Pathologist (preferably with ASHA Certification).
Be 3 through 21 years of age. An application may be submitted up to 60 days prior to the child’s 3rd birthday.
Complete all applicable sections of the Program Application.
Applicant’s household income must not exceed Variety’s income guidelines. Income verification is requred and further information can be found in the application on pages 6-7.
# Household Members
-For each additional person, add $22,1,400.
Letter of Medical Justification (LMJ)
Submit an LMJ 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 this device would be appropriate for the child. The SLP needs to also prescribe what communication app will work best for the child (see page 13 in the application for more details).
A phone consultation with Variety’s Program Manager may be required with the parent and/or the licensed and ASHA Certified Speech Language Pathologist for more information following the review of the application.
Variety requires the applicant and his/her parent or legal guardian to attend a scheduled regional presentation to receive the equipment in order to properly review all equipment specifics before it is taken home.Program Application Program Handout