Exemption from Directory Assistance & Local Operator Assistance Charges

Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Association customers with visual, physical or mental disabilities may be eligible for an exemption from directory assistance and local operator assistance charges.

For more details or to apply for this program, download the application below or contact Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Association at 888-236-3574 or (320) 834-5151.

The form must be filled out and signed by both the customer applying for the program and a certifying authority as described on the form. The form can either be mailed or dropped off at our office at 800 Central Avenue North, Brandon, MN 56315.

Application for Exemption from Directory Assistance & Local Operator Assistance Charges


Legal Definitions of Visual, Physical and Mental Disabilities

Legally Blind – Those whose visual acuity is 20/200 or less in the better eye with corrective glasses or whose widest diameter of visual field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees.

Visually Disabled – Those whose visual disability, with correction and regardless of optical measurement with respect to “legal blindness” are certified as unable to read normal printed materials.

Physically Disabled – Those who are certified by a competent authority as unable to read or use ordinary printed materials, as a result of physical limitation, such as loss of hands, or use and control of hands, constant severe tremor; spasticity or paralysis; uncorrectable double or triple vision; incapacitating confinement, as in an iron lung; severe debilitating conditions such as found in advanced Parkinson’s disease, cancer, and the aftermath of a stroke.

Mental Limitations – Any person who has been diagnosed as having significantly subaverage intellectual functioning existing concurrently with demonstrated defects in adaptive behavior and manifested during the developmental period.