Many Americans who have combined hearing and vision loss may soon be
able to better connect with family, friends, and community thanks to the
National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program or iCanConnect.
Mandated by the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act
(CVAA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established this
program to provide support for the local distribution of a wide array of
accessible communications technology. Funding is provided to entities in
each of the 50 states to conduct this new program.
In Indiana, the iCanConnect is a partnership between Indiana State University and Perkins School for the Blind. It is designed to effectively provide equipment/software and training to persons who are deaf-blind and whose income does not exceed 400 percent of the federal poverty level. The goal is to help ensure that people who are deaf-blind have the communication access necessary to be safe, hold a job, manage a household and otherwise contribute to their communities. Equipment that may be available through the project includes such things as screen enlargement software, video phones, computers, iPads, smart phones and deaf-blind communicators.
An application and program brochure is provided for download below. Individuals, their family members or caregivers will find information about the program including: who qualifies, what types of equipment are available, and how it is being distributed and installed.