South Dakota National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program
The National Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) is a program established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to distribute a wide array of assistive technology to people who are deaf-blind and require special equipment to make a phone call, send an email or access the Internet.
Working in conjunction with the FCC, Perkins and Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults (HKNC), the Department of Human Services will connect people in South Dakota who are deaf-blind with the proper equipment and training on how to utilize it. NDBEDP provides a wide range of specialized and “off-the-shelf” hardware, software and applications. The program also provides one-on-one training to help people use the equipment to its fullest.
Who can benefit from NDBEDP program:
- An individual with combined hearing and vision loss who wants to use Skype to connect via sign language with her grandmother;
- An man who has lost sight and hearing as a result of aging and wants to email and Facebook to reconnect with friends and family.
Who is eligible?
Any individual who meets the definition of deaf-blindness in the HKNC Act and has an income that does not exceed 400% of the federal poverty level can qualify to receive telephone, advanced communications and information services equipment.
Communication is essential for staying healthy, holding a job, managing a household and participating in the community. If you know someone who might benefit from the NDBEDP program, please contact: Katie Gran at Katie.firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-800-265-9679. You can also visit the national website, http://www.icanconnect.org/ or call 1-800-825-4595.
FCC Consumer guide and the Application Form for the South Dakota program:
- FCC Consumer Guide explaining the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP)
- Application for the South Dakota NDBEDP - Instructions and Guidelines