iCan Connect is also known as Kansas Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Project.
- Any individual who meets the definition of deaf-blindness in the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) Act and
- has an income that does not exceed 400% of the federal poverty level can qualify to receive advanced communications and information services equipment.
The program includes the equipment needed to make
- advanced communications, and
- the Internet
accessible to low-income individuals who have both significant vision loss and significant hearing loss.
- A college graduate who is deaf-blind and wants to use an online website for his job search;
- A young girl with combined hearing and vision loss who wants to use Skype to connect via sign language with her grandmother;
- A man who has lost sight and hearing as a result of aging and wants to email and Facebook to reconnect with friends and family.
Mail completed applications to:
2601 Gabriel Avenue
Parsons, KS 67357
Verification of disability
- Have a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with corrective lenses, or a visual field defect such that the peripheral diameter of visual field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees, or a progressive visual loss having a prognosis leading to one or both of these conditions;
- Have a chronic hearing impairment so severe that most speech cannot be understood with optimum amplification, or a progressive hearing loss having a prognosis leading to this condition; and
- Have the combination of impairments described in 1 and 2 above cause extreme difficulty in attaining independence in daily life activities, achieving psychosocial adjustment, or obtaining a vocation.