Institute awarded new grant to provide communication options for deaf-blind Pennsylvanians
The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education has been
awarded $325,000 by the Federal Communications Commission in partnership
with the Governmental Affairs Bureau, to be Pennsylvania's designated agency for
iCanConnect, the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program.
The iCanConnect program will serve deaf-blind Pennsylvanians across the
Commonwealth to provide access to communication technology, including Internet
options, in the home, school, office and community.
The Institute is one of 53 entities that have been named as "certified programs"
authorized to distribute equipment in each of the 50 states during this two-year
long pilot program.
In addition to distributing equipment to qualified residents, Pennsylvania's program
will provide needs assessment, equipment delivery, installation, training and
support. "It is a full service program for Pennsylvanians who are identified as deaf-
blind," Amy Goldman, Co-Executive Director of the Institute. "Communication
is an essential part of the human experience and this program will help provide
communication options to these Pennsylvanians, perhaps for the first time."
The program will begin to serve the deaf-blind community in autumn of this year.
For more information about Pennsylvania's iCanConnect, the National Deaf-Blind
Equipment Distribution Program, keep checking the website of the Institute website
For more information about the national program, visit the website of the Federal
Communications Commission: www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/national-deaf-blind-equipment-distribution-program
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