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Wyoming’s iCanConnect program honors Helen Keller
Wyoming is commemorating the birth of deaf-blind activist Helen Keller this week to call attention to a federal program that puts free communications technology in the hands of people with hearing and vision loss, enabling them to remain connected with family, friends and their communities.
The National Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) – also known as iCanConnect – authorizes the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide local distribution of a wide array of accessible communications technology at no cost to people who qualify.
Wyoming’s iCanConnect program officially recognizes June 23 to June 29, 2013 as Helen Keller Awareness Week to promote the rights of people who are deaf-blind and call attention to iCanConnect as a civic way to increase opportunities for all. More than one million Americans have some combination of hearing and vision loss. Many, particularly elderly people, may not be aware their loss of hearing and sight would qualify them to receive iPads, amplified telephones, computer screen readers, or other accessible communications technology for free.
“With the right technology, people with disabilities can link to information and be more connected with their friends and family,” said Wendy Alameda, Wyoming’s iCanConnect project coordinator. “iCanConnect is a truly transformational program, and we have resources for Wyoming individuals who experience both vision and hearing loss.”
For more information about the National Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program in Wyoming, and to see if you or someone you know qualifies, visit http://www.uwyo.edu/wind/wydeafblind/, E-mail email@example.com, or call (307) 766-6187.
Look for our new iCanConnect posters around Wyoming!