Residents of Texas can Receive a Free ODIN VI
or a Nexus 5 for either $100 or $150
The Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services has included the ODIN VI cell phone and the Nexus 5 in the Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program. This State program provides financial assistance to individuals with disabilities that impair the individuals’ ability to effectively access the telephone network.
What this means is that if you are a Texas resident who is blind or visually impaired you can receive the ODIN VI for free or the Nexus 5 for either $100 or $150 (it is $150 with the instructional package and $100 without).
To obtain your FREE ODIN VI or Discounted Nexus 5, follow these steps:
- Print and fill out the application, which is available here.
If you need assistance, please refer to these instructions.
- You will need to include as part of your application, proof of residency, such as a copy of your utility bill or an ID card with an address. You will also need to have the application certified by one of the types of professionals listed on the application, such as a licensed social worker, licensed physician, certified teacher of blind or visually impaired, or a rehabilitation counselor at the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services. This can be done free of charge at organizations provided in this link. Also, please note that in Step 3 of the application where you must select a device, please place an ‘x’ next to “Talks Back Number Dialed Telephone” if you want the ODIN VI or “Voice Dialer” if you want the Nexus 5.
- Send the completed application to the following address:
PO BOX 12607
Austin, TX 78711
- In about 8 to 10 weeks you will receive a “voucher” in the mail. Mail your voucher to Odin Mobile at the following address:
Attention: STAP Program
11426 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
- Call Odin Mobile at 855-217-9459 to select your plan. If you want the Nexus 5, you must also indicate whether you want the device with the instructional package.
Your Free ODIN VI, or discounted Nexus 5, will be shipped to you!