Deaf Blind Services
If you have BOTH low vision and hearing loss, we help you find a way to communicate across distance.
iCanConnect is a special free program to help people who have combined hearing and vision loss to access telephone, advanced communications and information services. There are income requirements for this program.
iCanConnect gets people equipment to help them make a phone call, send an email, access the internet, or use other communications tools to talk with family, friends and other people.
To be eligible for iCanConnect, you must have both significant vision and hearing loss, and meet the program’s income guidelines.
Finding the Equipment for You
After we determine that you are eligible, you will be contacted to schedule an equipment assessment. After the assessment, equipment will be ordered for you.
You may be eligible to receive equipment that enables you to make a phone call, send an email, access the Internet or use other communications technology so you can communicate with family, friends, community members, etc.
FINANCIAL ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES, AS OF January 20, 2020
Gross Income (400% of federal poverty guidelines)
Size of Family Unit
For each additional person, add $17,920.
If You Don't Qualify
Please contact your resource center and maybe we can work with you to find the equipment you need.
iCanConnectPA is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Information provided on this application form will only be used to determine eligibility for iCanConnectPA equipment and services. iCanConnectPA will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless you give permission, or if the iCanConnectPA program is required by law to do so. iCanConnectPA secures your personal information; suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures are in place to safeguard the information iCanConnectPA collects.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) collects personal information about individuals through the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP), a program also known as iCanConnect. The FCC will use this information to administer and manage the NDBEDP.
Personal information is provided voluntarily by individuals who request equipment (NDBEDP applicants) and individuals who attest to the disability of NDBEDP applicants. This information is needed to determine whether an applicant is eligible to participate in the NDBEDP. In addition, personal information is provided voluntarily by individuals who file NDBEDP-related complaints with the FCC on behalf of themselves or others. When this information is not provided, it may be impossible to resolve the complaints. Finally, each state’s NDBEDP-certified equipment distribution program must submit to the FCC certain personal information that it obtained through its NDBEDP activities. This information is required to maintain each state’s certification to participate in this program.
The FCC is authorized to collect the personal information that is requested through the NDBEDP under sections 1, 4, and 719 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended; 47 U.S.C. 151, 154, and 620.
The FCC may disclose the information collected through the NDBEDP as permitted under the Privacy Act and as described in the FCC’s Privacy Act System of Records Notice at 77 FR 2721 (Jan. 19, 2012), FCC/CGB-3, “National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP),” https://www.fcc.gov/omd/privacyact/documents/records/FCC-CGB-3.pdf.
This statement is required by the Privacy Act of 1974, Public Law 93-579, 5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(3).
Apply for iCanConnect
You can complete the application form online - or - download and print out the forms.
Before you apply online, gather the documents listed in "Next Steps". Apply Online
If you would rather fill out a printable form, click on the form and it will download to your computer. Open it up in Adobe Reader and complete the form. You can download Adobe Reader for free.
Combined Vision and Hearing Loss
Significant vision loss is defined as having at least one of the following conditions:
- Visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with corrective lenses
- A field defect such that the peripheral diameter of the visual field is no greater than 20 degrees
- Progressive visual loss with a prognosis leading to one or both of the above conditions
Significant hearing loss is defined as having at least one of the following conditions:
- Chronic hearing disabilities so severe that most speech cannot be understood with optimum amplification
- Progressive hearing loss having a prognosis leading to an above condition
A professional must attest to your hearing and vision loss in writing.
Examples of professionals include:
- a community service provider
- healthcare provider
- vision or hearing professional
- vocational rehabilitation counselor
- medical or health professional