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:

Location

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).

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).

# Household Members Household Salary
2 $87,100
3 $109,800
4 $132,500
5 $155,200
6 $177,900
7 $200,600
8 $223,300

-For each additional person, add $22,700.

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 for specifics needed).

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

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. the family’s home, therapy, school…).

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