Relay SD Be Part of the Conversation
Golden West cares about all their customers. That’s why we want to make sure you receive the highest possible quality in telephone services. The Telecommunication Equipment Distribution Program (TEDP) is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or speech-impaired with difficulty communicating on the telephone.
• South Dakota resident
• Difficulty communicating on the phone due
to hearing or speech impairment
• Existing phone service in your home
Telecommunication Relay Services: Telecommunication relay services (TRS) are designed to provide full telephone access to people who have difficulty hearing or speaking on the telephone and who use a text telephone. Special orders of specialized equipment, such as Braille TTY photographic speed dial features and voice-activated phone features are available for eligible consumers. Amplifiers are not available for cell phones.
TRS: 800-642-6410 or 800-304-2311: With TRS calls, the TTY user types their conversation, which the relay service operator (CA) then reads to the other party. The CA then quickly converts that person’s spoken works to text, which is displayed on the first person’s TTY.
Voice Carry Over (VCO): 888-540-6543: Through VCO feature, the VCO user speaks directly to the other person, as in a standard call. Everything ,the other says is typed back to the VCO user by a relay service operator (CA) and appears on the text display of the VCO user’s phone or TTY. No typing is necessary for the VCO user. VCO Customer Service: (800) 642-6410. Contact VCO Customer Service to learn more about relay services.
Application Process: Contact the nearest office to receive an application form. Applicants will be contacted to confirm eligibility status and to schedule an equipment distribution and training date.
To speak with Golden West directly, please contact Jody Bielmaier at 1-855-888-7777 or by email.
The Nearest TEDP Distributor:
CSD – Sioux Falls
117 W 39th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
(866)246-5759 Voice/TTY • (605) 3632-2912 Voice/TTY
CSD – Rapid City
2040 W. Main Street, Suite #306, Rapid City, SD 57702
(888) 304-2311 Voice/TTY • (605) 394-6864 Voice/TT
Department of Human Services
3800 Hwy 34, 500 East Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501
(800) 265-9684 Voice/TTY • (605) 773-5301 Voice/TTY