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Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

Wyoming iCanConnect Program

iCanConnect logoWyoming’s iCanConnect program provides communications technology free of charge to low-income people of all ages who have combined vision and hearing loss. This program will distribute communications equipment to qualified individuals and provide equipment installation, training and support to help recipients make the most of this technology.

If you are a person who has combined vision and hearing loss, and you cannot afford communications technology that enables you to use a telephone, send an E-mail, access the Internet, or use other communications technology, you may be eligible for this program.

To qualify for this program you must:

  • Have combined vision and hearing loss to be considered “deaf-blind” as that term is defined by the Helen Keller National Center Act. A practicing professional who has direct knowledge of your vision and hearing loss, such as vision- or hearing-related professionals, educators, medical professionals or community-based service providers, must verify that you are “deaf-blind.”
  • Have an income that does not exceed 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG). Applicants who are enrolled in federal subsidy programs with income thresholds lower than 400 percent of the FPG are automatically deemed income eligible for this program. Applicants who are not enrolled in a qualifying federal low-income program must be deemed eligible by review of a recent income tax return or other means.


Wyoming Institute for Disabilities
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 4298
Laramie, Wyoming  82071

E-mail: Ryan Rausch
Fax: (307)766-6187

To learn more


Call: 1-800-825-4595 or (307) 766-6187

TTY: (307) 766-2720

Proposal Resources

  • The proposal to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to become the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) for Wyoming
  • The selection letter from the FCC

Program Resources

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Ryan Rausch
Assistive Technology Specialist
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Sandy Root-Elledge
Executive Director
(307) 766-2764

(307) 766-2720 (TTY)
1-800-908-7011 (Toll Free TTY)

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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