In the District of Columbia, iCanConnect is administered by Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB).
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) serves people of all ages in Maryland and the District of Columbia who are blind, low vision or deaf-blind. Founded in 1900, CLB offers vocational training, adaptive technology, counseling, independent living and rehabilitation services to more than 20,000 blind and low vision individuals living in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
Meet the Trainer for iCanConnect in the District of Columbia:
Every iCanConnect consumer meets one-on-one with a trainer to determine which equipment will best suit that consumer’s communication needs. Once the equipment is selected, the trainer helps the consumer learn how to use the technology.
Jason, deafblind since birth, resides in Maryland. He applies his knowledge and expertise by serving and chairing on two government advisory boards offering advice on how the government can better serve people with disabilities. Jason attended the Wisconsin School for the Deaf and later transferred to the Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, where he received his high school diploma. Jason was active in a variety of school sports such as wrestling, swimming, track and field, and goal ball. Demonstrating his leadership skills, he served as captain on the wrestling and swimming teams.
Moving on from high school, Jason majored in Information Technology receiving a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin. To further achieve his interests and goals, while working for the federal government, Jason pursued an advanced degree graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a master’s in Information Systems. Jason strives to make positive impacts on the Deafblind community.
Nai has personally used speech and braille output technology for many years and enjoys sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with iCanConnect consumers. Nai has a Bachelor's of Interpretation from Gallaudet University and is proficient in tactile American Sign Language and Pro-Tactile. Nai has also taught assistive technology courses from introductory to advanced levels in group settings through spoken English and Spanish.
With this in mind, Nai is able to provide direct training to consumers with a variety of communication and reading modality needs or preferences. Nai currently serves as the Director of Rehab and DeafBlind Services at Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind.