Two organizations in New Jersey are leading the effort to provide communications equipment to individuals with combined vision and hearing loss. 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.
Through their efforts, individuals who meet the eligibility requirements have been provided equipment such as smartphones, computer, braille devices and iPads, as well as training in their use.
The iCanConnect/NJ program has been featured on WNBC Channel 4 News with Pat Battle on The Good Fight! Watch here:
A Message of Gratitude
Caryn Fitzpatrick is one of New Jersey’s deaf-blind consumers who received equipment through iCanConnect/NJ. The experience has been so positive, she wrote a touching letter to say “thank you” to the program. Here is an excerpt:
“…the equipment has really been life-altering for me. I no longer strain to read a tiny font on a too small monitor or wait for my old computer to finally spring to life.”
“I don’t know how long I’ll be able to keep the vision that I have, but the tools have really enhanced my life. Even more important is the love and the caring & help; it has been a wonderful, amazing experience.”
“I hope word gets out to everyone in the deaf/blind community who qualifies for the iCanConnect program and they go through the steps to apply. For persons such as me, it is literally a gift from God.”