In Connecticut, iCanConnect is administered by the Connecticut Tech Act Project (CTTAP). The program is promoted as Access Through Technology.
Established in 1992, CTTAP’s mission is to increase independence and improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through increased access to assistive technology for work, school and community living.
Access Through Technology provides assessments, equipment and specialized training for individuals in Connecticut who have combined hearing and vision loss and meet income guidelines.
Stamford author is Access Through Technology client
At age 90, Agnes Allen of Stamford began learning how to use the latest technology to stay connected. Blind with hearing loss, she was the very first applicant to the Connecticut program. Agnes recognized the old-fashioned telephone and snail mail weren’t getting it done any longer; she needed a better way to communicate. Through the program, she received a BrailleNote Apex – and one-on-one training – to help her send and receive email as well as access other computer functions.
“It’s opened up a whole new world. I’ve been able to get in touch with people on a more regular basis.”
Allen earned a Master in Arts and Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh; she has taught, tutored, volunteered and is a certified braille proofreader. In 2007 she published the book, “Life Without Sight – My Journey into the World of the Sighted and the Blind.”