iCanConnect Equipment

This page provides an overview of the types of distance communication tools the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (also known as iCanConnect) can provide to help people with significant combined hearing and vision loss stay connected to friends and family.

This list is a sampling. iCanConnect professionals in each state will work with individual consumers to identify the equipment that addresses that person’s specific needs within the program guidelines. For specific questions about available equipment, find your state program’s contact information at www.icanconnect.org/states.

This list will be updated on a quarterly basis. Visit our Tech Minutes section for videos explaining how the equipment works.

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Accessories

Accessories include specialized keyboards, mounts, switches, headsets and other support devices.

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Braille Devices

Braille equipment provided through the iCanConnect program includes a wide variety of refreshable displays and sophisticated multipurpose devices, which enhance access to distance communication. Some can be used as stand-alone devices connected via Wi-Fi, while others are paired with a mobile device to provide tactile access to e-mail, text messaging, and other modern communication resources enjoyed by the general public. To receive braille equipment, an eligible consumer must be proficient in braille and must have access to the Internet or cellular service.

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Computers

iCanConnect provides both Windows and Apple computers, including desktops and laptops, to eligible consumers who have Internet access. The program can also provide a large monitor if needed.

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Mobile Devices

This category includes cell phones, smartphones, and tablets. iCanConnect provides the equipment, but the consumer must pay for his or her own internet or cellular service.

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Phones

This includes a variety of amplified speaker phones, cordless phones, and related devices that connect to the “landline” telephone service. An eligible consumer must have telephone service to be considered for this type of equipment and must not already be eligible for such equipment through another funded program.

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Signalers

This refers to audible, visual, and vibrating signalers that alert the user to a phone ringing, new e-mail, or other types of distance communication.

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Software

This category includes screen readers and screen magnifier programs. A screen reader can serve as an interface between a computer and a braille display, and for those with usable hearing, it also provides synthesized speech output of what is on the computer screen. The user interacts with the screen reader and the computer via a complex set of keyboard commands. A screen magnifier selectively enlarges what is on the computer screen to enable access by individuals with very limited vision.

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