iCanConnect is administered by the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI), in collaboration with the Center for Sensory & Complex Disabilities at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).
These two organizations in New Jersey are leading the endeavor to provide distant communications equipment to individuals with combined vision and hearing loss. Through their efforts, individuals who meet the eligibility requirements have been provided equipment such as smartphones, computers, braille devices, iPads and have received the necessary training to be successful and empowered to use their equipment. New Jersey has embraced the unique opportunity to collaborate with the Deaf-Blind experts and programs across the state to identify best practices and streamline their services as the program has evolved over the years.
In response to COVID-19, we are working diligently to effectively meet the needs of our iCanConnect New Jersey consumers remotely. Safety is our main priority and we make every effort to keep our consumers up to date during this sensitive time. Email is the best way to communicate with our team, please contact iCanConnect@tcnj.edu to schedule your Remote Intake Meeting.
As featured on WNBC Channel 4 News with Pat Battle and throughout statewide and national literature over the years, here are what some New Jersey consumers and their families have to say about their equipment:
“I feel like I have my sister back,” said Cheryl. “She finally has the tools to speak her mind in the manner she wants to speak it without someone in between trying to communicate it. It’s given her a sense of worth.” -Cheryl (sister of program recipient)
“I recommend iCanConnect to everyone who needs services to help communicate,” said Jenn. “We are so thankful for the equipment and training Molly received through iCanConnect. She wouldn’t be where she is today without it.” -Jenn (parent of recipient)
"If I didn’t have the apps and tools on my iPhone that I received through iCanConnect, I’d be lost," -Alice Eaddy (program recipient)
Meet Jonathan! He loves music, family and friends!
“It makes me happy,” says Jonathan. “I miss my family and friends, but I love video chatting with them on my computer. I can see them so much better. We play games, and I don’t get tired as fast now. And my eyes and head don't hurt as much thanks to my new equipment from iCanConnect. Thank you iCanConnect!”
Learn more about Jonathan’s story here: