iCanConnect: Deaf-Blind Equipment Program

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iCanConnect promotes the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, a federally funded program, made possible by the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. 

The goal is to get technology into the hands of Americans with combined hearing and vision loss so they can connect with family, friends and community. For those who qualify, technology equipment used for distance communication is provided FREE. Installation, training and technical support are also available at NO CHARGE.
To be eligible the individual must :
  • Have combined hearing and vision loss verified by a doctor or professional service provider
  • Be able to be trained to use adaptive technology that makes it possible to use the telephone, computer or other communication equipment
  • Meet the program's income guidelines

What kind of equipment is provided?

ipad, high contrast keyboard, braille reader and iphone
Equipment includes computers, tablets, smartphones, signalers, software and accessories.  Please visit the national iCanConnect website for more details and examples of the kinds of equipment provided.  www.icanconnect.org/equipment

How does the program work?

  1. Submit your application, including disability and income verification information, to our Program Coordinator.
  2. Once your application has been approved, a qualified trainer will contact you for an assessment appointment. They will review your communication and technology needs to help provide you with the best equipment possible.
  3. When your equipment arrives, the trainer will set up another appointment to help you with installation and training to use the equipment.
  4. If you require further training or more equipment, just ask!

Disability Verification Guidelines (must meet both):

Must meet at least one of these sight requirements:

  • Visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with corrective lenses
  • A field of vision defect such that the peripheral diameter of visual field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees
  • Progressive visual loss with a prognosis leading to one or both of above conditions

Must meet at least one of these hearing requirements:

  • Chronic hearing loss severe enough that most speech cannot be understood with optimum amplification
  • Progressive hearing loss having a prognosis leading to above condition

Income Verification Guidelines:

To be eligible, your family/household income must be below 400% of the 2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines. 

For New Hampshire residents this means:
Household Size
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Maximum Total Household Income
$48,240
$64,960
$81,680
$98,400
$115,120
$131,840
$148,560
$165,280
For each additional person, add $16,720

Please see the application for specific examples of documents necessary for income verification.

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