The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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February 7, 2014

Our Town: PRCIL hosting workshop for vision, hearing impaired

PALESTINE — For those who have difficulty using the telephone because of any disability — such as those hard of hearing, or have low vision or mobility issues — assistance may be available.

The Palestine Resource Center for Independent Living will host a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Workshop at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Jerry Gibson, STAP Specialist for the East Texas Center for Independent Living, East Texas Region 4, will be presenting information about the Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP) law. The STAP law provides financial assistance for the purchase of specialized assistive equipment to Texas residents having difficulty using the telephone because of any disability.

Persons that would benefit from the STAP program are:

• Individuals who have low vision and cannot see the numbers on a phone

• Individuals who are hard of hearing and need an amplified phone

• Individuals who have mobility issues and need a special phone to accommodate their needs

• Individuals who have speech impairments and need equipment to talk for them

• Individuals who are deaf and require a TTY or text pager

• Individuals who have cognitive or memory difficulties

For more information, contact PRCIL, located at 421 Avenue A, at 903-729-7505.


Valentine's Party at the senior center

Palestine Meals on Wheels is inviting seniors out for a Valentine's Day party on Friday.

Woody Bridges and his band will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

“Folks are invited to come and enjoy a hot meal for a $3 donation and listen to some great country music at the same time,” Meals on Wheels Site Manager Pat Conaway said. “If 60 or older and eating here for the first time, please come early enough to fill out a one-time information form we are requested to keep on file for a year.”

However, those under 60 years of age or those who do not plan to eat lunch again, have the choice of paying a $5 one-time private pay to skip the paperwork.

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