Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) administers the iCanConnect program – better known as iKANConnect in Kansas.
ATK has served people with disabilities, of all ages, since 1993. The project, coordinated by the University of Kansas, provides people with the assistive technology needed to educate, work, and live safely as well as independently. With its five AT Access Sites, Kansans can get access to assistive technology devices and services. There, a person can try out a technology, borrow it or get help finding a device.
A Trainer’s Love Of Technology
Roger Frischenmeyer is passionate about any device that will help the deaf-blind better communicate and live a more social, independent life. The 48-year-old lost his eyesight to cancer when he was 8 months old. He now trains consumers with combined hearing and vision loss on equipment for iCanConnect.
“I think technology is the great equalizer. The program allows deaf-blind to be able to use iPhones, text, and connect in ways most of us do. What it does, is eliminate some of this isolation.”
Frischenmeyer has dedicated his life to mentoring youth, educating people about assistive technology, and advocating for the deaf and blind. He’s worked for the Prairie Independent Living Resource Center in Hutchinson since graduating from college.