A new program known as “I Can Connect” has come to West Virginia. The program promotes the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP.) It is federally funded and made possible by the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010.
Rachel Gill serves as coordinator for the program. “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 their community,” she said. “For those who qualify, technology equipment used for distance communication is provided free of charge. Installation, training and technical support are also available at no cost.”
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 and they must meet the program guidelines.
Applications for the program are available by contacting Gill at 304-315-4640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.