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Wyoming Honors Helen Keller to Raise Awareness of Federal Program Providing Free Communications Equipment to Deaf-Blind Citizens

Laramie, Wyoming – Wyoming is commemorating the birth of deaf-blind activist Helen Keller this month 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) – which is promoted 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.

The Wyoming Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, iCanConnect, today officially recognized a Resolution commemorating June 2014 as Helen Keller Awareness Month 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 may 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 ideas, be productive, and move ahead,” said Wendy Alameda, assistive technology specialist and Wyoming iCanConnect project coordinator. “Helen Keller, whose remarkable life we honor this week, exemplified the potential of a person who is deaf-blind. We are proud to promote iCanConnect as a truly transformational program.”

For more information about the Wyoming Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, and to see if you or someone you know qualifies, visit the website at: or call 1-800-825-4595, (307) 766-6187, or TTY: (307) 766-2720

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