U.S. Virgin Islands residents with combined vision and hearing losses are eligible to apply for iCanConnect, a national program that offers free technology tools, installation and the training to use them effectively. The University of the Virgin Islands is the local administrator.
iCanConnect provides smartphones, tablets, computers, screen readers, braille displays and more, to qualified applicants. Trained professionals will conduct assessments and make recommendations, enabling access email, manage personal affairs or businesses, connect with family, telework, and other activities that enhance personal and professional life.
To apply in the U.S. Virgin Islands:
- Visit the University of the Virgin Islands, Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCCED) in person. [Campus Map download]
- Contact Sharon Williams, University of the Virgin Islands, Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: (340) 692-4267 or Fax: (617) 972-7668
iCanConnect is another name for the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP), a federal program designed to help the many thousands of Americans with combined vision and hearing loss to connect with family, friends and community.
It was established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in an effort to comply with the 21st Century Video and Communications Accessibility Act, a federal law that requires people with disabilities to have access to modern communications technology that enables distance communication.