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?
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?
Submit your application, including disability and income verification information, to our Program Coordinator.
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.
When your equipment arrives, the trainer will set up another appointment to help you with installation and training to use the equipment.
If you require further training or more equipment, just ask!