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Virginia to Receive $226,504 for Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program

July 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

Virginia to Receive $226,504 for iCanConnect;
Program Supports National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program

The Federal Communication Commission has just announced that Virginia will receive $226,504 for 2013-2014 to assist low-income individuals who have both hearing and vision loss These funds were made possible through passage of the 21st Century Communication and Video Accessibility Act. Individuals who meet income requirements can receive free communications technology as well as installation, training and technical support.

NVRC is one of the organizations which help to inform individuals about this program and how to obtain the equipment they need.  To be eligible, an individual must have combined vision and hearing loss, be able to be trained to use adaptive technology that makes it possible to use telephone, computer or other communication equipment, and meet the program’s low income guidelines.

To learn more about the program, its income guidelines, how ”deaf-blind” is defined, what kind of equipment is available and more contact Debbie Jones if you live in the Northern Virginia area atdjones@nvrc.org. If you live outside the area, visit http://www.icanconnect.org/faqs to find your state partners and read the FAQs.


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