FCC renews iCanConnect program to provide communications equipment for persons with disabilities in US

The FCC announced the allocation of USD10 million to support the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP), also known as iCanConnect, for the period July 2016-2017.This program, organized by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks to support persons with hearing and vision impairments to access telecommunication services.

iCanConnect is administered in all 50 states and involves providing beneficiaries with communication equipment, software and training to help them take full advantage of today’s digital technologies. The support provided is tailored to satisfy needs such as sending emails or chatting on the phone, tasks that may be significantly challenging for people with vision and hearing loss.

One of the main positive features of the program is that it serves people from a wide range of backgrounds including different types of disabilities and ages. The equipment provided includes smartphones, tablets, computers, screen readers, braille displays and adaptive software.

Additional Sources: FCC Public Notice