Equipment and Technology

This page provides an overview of the types of distance communication equipment the program can provide to help people with significant combined hearing and vision loss stay connected to friends, family and the world. The appearance of a specific piece of equipment on the iCanConnect website does not mean that it is appropriate for every program participant. iCanConnect professionals in each local program will work with iCanConnect participants to identify the equipment that addresses each person’s specific needs. Note that equipment recommendations are only provided for iCanConnect program participants as part of the individualized assessment they receive. This list is updated on a quarterly basis.


Accessories includes specialized keyboards, mounts, switches, headsets and other support devices.

Braille Devices

Braille equipment provided through the iCanConnect program includes a wide variety of refreshable displays and sophisticated multipurpose devices, that enhances access to distance communication. Some can be used as stand-alone devices connected via Wi-Fi, while others are paired with a mobile device to provide tactile access to e-mail, text messaging, and other modern communication resources enjoyed by the general public. To receive braille equipment, an eligible consumer must be proficient in braille and must have access to the internet or cellular service.


iCanConnect provides both Windows and Apple computers, including desktops and laptops, to eligible consumers who have Internet access. The program can also provide a large monitor if needed.

Mobile Devices

This category includes cell phones, smartphones, tablets, and associated accessories such as keyboards and protective cases. iCanConnect provides the equipment, but not the internet or cellular service.


This category includes a variety of amplified speaker phones, cordless phones, and related devices that connect to the “landline” telephone service. Program participants must have telephone service to be considered for this type of equipment.


This category includes audible, visual, and vibrating signalers that alert the user to a phone ringing, new e-mail, or other types of distance communications.


This category includes screen readers and screen magnifier programs. A screen reader can serve as an interface between a computer and a braille display, and for those with usable hearing, it also provides synthesized speech output of what is on the computer screen. The user interacts with the screen reader and the computer via a set of keyboard commands. A screen magnifier selectively enlarges what is on the computer screen to enable access by individuals with very limited vision.