The Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Services (TEDS), also known as the Specialized Phone program, is designed to provide specialized telecommunications equipment to meet the needs of individuals who are communications impaired and who might be otherwise disadvantaged in their ability to obtain equipment to easily and independently use a standard phone.

ND Assistive contracts with the ND Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division, to implement the Specialized Phone program. The funds for equipment, client services, and administration for the Specialized Phone program are provided through a telephone access line surcharge. For more information, visit