How to Participate

Want to learn more? Look up the iCanConnect representative in your state to get started.

 

iCanConnect provides distance communication technologies, training and resources to income-eligible people with significant combined hearing and vision loss.
 
If you have significant combined vision and hearing loss and meet federal income guidelines (detailed in the income chart at the bottom of this page), you are eligible. Use the pulldown menu below to contact your state's iCanConnect representative and begin the application process. In many cases, you can download an application from the iCanConnect page for your state.

GETTING STARTED IS EASY:

 

Make sure you qualify, meaning your income meets federal income guidelines (within 400 percent of the federal poverty level) and you have significant combined vision and hearing loss. You must have both a significant vision and a hearing disability, or a condition currently affecting one of the senses that is likely to result in a combined disability.

 

Contact your state iCanConnect program to learn more. They can give you an application, or you can download one from your state's iCanConnect website page (see pulldown above).

 

Identify a professional who can attest to your condition in writing. It can be an educator, healthcare provider, vision or hearing professional, speech pathologist, vocational rehabilitation counselor, and more.

 

If you receive any form of public assistance, including SSI, Medicaid, food stamps, etc., you are automatically income eligible. Otherwise, you must provide proof of household income that indicates it is within the program's income guidelines. The information you submit is strictly treated as confidential.

 

Submit the completed application to your state iCanConnect office. Once you're accepted, your iCanConnect representative will schedule an assessment to determine what equipment will best suit your communication preferences and distance communication goals. Then your equipment will be installed, and training will begin.

To participate in the program, your household income must not exceed 400% of 2017 Federal Poverty Guidelines

Number of persons in family/household 400% for everywhere, except Alaska and Hawaii 400% for Alaska 400% for Hawaii
1 $48,240 $60,240 $55,440
2 $64,960 $81,160 $74,680
3 $81,680 $102,080 $93,920
4 $98,400 $123,000 $113,160
5 $115,120 $143,920 $132,400
6 $131,840 $164,840 $151,640
7 $148,560 $185,760 $170,880
8 $165,280 $206,680 $190,120
For each additional person, add $16,720 $20,920 $19,240

iCanConnect was established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and is also known as the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP). For more information about iCanConnect, including links to the FCC’s consumer guide and program rules, go to www.fcc.gov/NDBEDP