iCanConnect ~ A National Program Bringing People Together Through Accessible Communications Technology and Training

iCanConnect:  A National Program Bringing People Together Through Accessible Communications Technology and Training

Do you, or someone you know, have significant combined vision and hearing loss? For those who meet federal income and disability guidelines, iCanConnect provides free communication technology and training to help people stay connected with family and friends. To learn more about the
iCanConnect program, visit www.icanconnect.org or send email to icanconnect@perkins.org.

iCanConnect, also known as the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, is an FCC program established in 2012 and administered by organizations in all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. iCanConnect provides participants with free communication technology and training to stay connected with family and friends.

Along with free communication equipment and software, iCanConnect provides training in the home, allowing participants to take full advantage of the powerful features and functionality today’s communication technologies provide.

Once a participant applies to and is approved for the iCanConnect program, an in-home assessment is performed to identify what type of equipment is best suited for him or her. This assessment is a critical part of the program. It is key to identifying the participant’s two-way distance communication goals and will help him or her get the most out of the technology he or she will be using.

iCanConnect provides a wide range of communications hardware and software that makes it possible for people who are deaf-blind to connect with others, including braille devices, computers, smartphones, tablets, signalers and software. The program also provides in-home training to make sure participants understand how to use the equipment.

iCanConnect serves people from a wide range of backgrounds, including people who have lost their sight and/or hearing later in life, people with Usher and CHARGE Syndromes, and others.

To learn more about the iCanConnect program and to find your state iCanConnect representative, visit https://icanconnect.org.