Thursday, November 15, 2012

Communications Website for the Visual Impaired

Americans who have combined vision and hearing loss can now access technology that will allow them to connect with people around the corner and across the world by logging on to The newly launched website accommodates users with low vision, people who use screen readers and features video that is both audio-described and closed captioned. From screen enlargement software and videophones, to off-the shelf products that are accessible or adaptable, offers a vast array of new communications technology. Assessment, training and equipment are available free of charge to those who meet federal eligibility guidelines.The launch advances the iCanConnect campaign mission to raise awareness about the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP). Mandated by the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established this new program to ensure every person with combined hearing and vision loss has access to modern communications tools and the training necessary to use them. Perkins and the Helen Keller National Center in New York City are overseeing the iCanConnect campaign.

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