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:
Must live 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 a child’s 3rd birthday, but equipment can not be presented until the child is 3 years old.
Complete and submit the Program Application to the best of your knowledge.
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).
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-For each additional person, add $23,600.
Letter of Medical Justification (LMJ)
Request 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 (see page 13 in the application).
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
Variety will work with the child’s SLP to get the device setup, and then safely present it to the child at a predetermined location (e.g. therapy, school, the family’s home, etc).