Disability Rights Maine (DRM) administers the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) in the state of Maine. Also known as iCanConnect, the program provides local contacts to help people stay connected with friends, family, their community, and the world. iCanConnect provides free equipment and training to people with both significant vision and hearing loss who meet disability and income guidelines.
iCanConnect is part of DRM’s Deaf Services program, which also includes:
· Civil Rights Advocacy (CR);
· Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Outreach and Education;
· Telecommunications Equipment Program (TEP);
· Peer Support Group (PSG) for signing and gesturing adults with intellectual disabilities.
DRM is Maine’s Protection & Advocacy agency for people with disabilities. We represent people whose rights have been violated or who have been discriminated against based on their disability. We also provide training on rights and self-advocacy and we advocate for public policy reform. DRM believes that people with disabilities must:
· Be treated with respect and be free from abuse.
· Control the decisions that affect their lives.
· Receive the services and supports necessary to live independently.
· Have the opportunity to work and contribute to society.
· Have equal access to the same opportunities afforded all other members of society.
· Fully participate in all aspects of society: education, work, and community.