• Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. Opens New Regional Distribution Center in Sarasota

    State program now easily accessible for Sarasota residents with hearing loss and speech disabilities

    Tallahassee, FL (March 23, 2017) – Florida Telecommunications Relay (FTRI), a not-for-profit distributor of free specialized telephone equipment for Florida residents with hearing loss, has opened a new distribution center in Sarasota at the Suncoast Center for Independent Living located at 3281 17th Street, Sarasota, FL.

    FTRI estimates that more than 3 million Floridians experience some degree of hearing loss. At this new distribution center, permanent Florida residents who are certified as having hearing loss or speech disabilities can easily obtain amplified telephones and other telecommunications equipment at no cost. The center offers free hearing tests to those who wish to qualify. For more information, call the center at 941-351-9545 or visit www.ftri.org.

    “At FTRI, we strive to improve the daily lives of Floridians who are struggling with hearing loss, and we are excited to extend those services to residents in Sarasota who need help communicating with their loved ones,” said FTRI Executive Director, James Forestall. “We aim to provide Floridians who suffer from hearing loss with the best telecommunications products available so they can stay connected and simply enjoy conversations again.”

    In addition to hearing loss assistance, the Suncoast Center for Independent Living offers a variety of programs and services. For more information, visit https://scil4u.org/.

    About FTRI
    Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (FTRI) is a non profit 501(c) 3 organization that administers the Specialized Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program for citizens of Florida who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf/Blind and Speech Impaired. FTRI is also responsible for the education and promotion of the Florida Relay Service. For more information, visit www.ftri.org.