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Kansas Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program

Friday, October 12, 2012
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Project Director, Sara Sack, PhD

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Project Coordinator, Sheila Simmons, MA

Assistive Technology for Kansans receives new statewide Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program Award

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that Kansas received one of 53 federally funded Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Programs.

The new DBEDP program, coined iKanConnect, was awarded to Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK), the statewide AT program with five regional access sites operated by the Life Span Institute at Parsons, University of Kansas.

Kansans who are deaf-blind and income eligible can receive communication equipment and software that helps access the Internet or use other telecommunications systems such as Skype, video relay, or messaging. An ATK specialist provides an assessment at no cost to the individual to review their equipment and software needs so they can achieve their telecommunications access goal. The Kansas ATK iKanConnect program has funds to purchase recommended equipment and software, but cannot pay for services such as phone lines or Internet access.

Individuals, family members or service providers interested in the iKanConnect program can contact the program by calling toll-free 866-666-1470 or email (ssimmons@ku.edu). Application forms will soon be available online at http://www.atk.ku.edu/. The program is funded through June 30, 2014 as a pilot funded by the FCC.

~ contributed by Sheila Simmons, ATK Coordinator

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