iCanConnect goals

With the below goals in mind, iCanConnect provides participants with free equipment, software and training to meet individual communication preferences and distance communication goals. Installation and technical support for these products are also available.

  • Goal #1: Provide technology and training

    iCanConnect provides distance communications technology and training for people with combined hearing and vision loss.

  • Goal #2: Increase independence

    iCanConnect increases independence opportunities for people with combined hearing and vision loss so they may stay connected with family, friends, service providers and their community.

How iCanConnect Works

The process starts by reviewing the eligibility guidelines, finding your local contact, then finally applying to the program. Once accepted, all participants receive an individual assessment of their communication goals and communication preferences. Then equipment is ordered, installed and training begins. Free equipment support is also available as needed.

Program history

iCanConnect—or the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP)—was established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in an effort to comply with the 21st Century Video and Communications Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA). The CVAA makes sure that accessibility laws enacted in the 1980s and 1990s are brought up to date with 21st-century technologies, including new digital, broadband, and mobile innovations.

How to apply

Applying for the iCanConnect program starts with reviewing your eligibility. The requirements include significant vision and hearing loss and meeting income guidelines.