Kansas Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program (iKAN Connect)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that Kansas received one of 53 federally funded Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Programs. The new DBEDP program, iKAN Connect, 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 AT 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 iKAN Connect 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 iKAN Connect program can contact the program by calling toll-free 866-666-1470 or email (ssimmons@ku.edu).  Application forms are available online at http://www.atk.ku.edu/.

Funding Agencies: 

Federal Communications Commission

Collaborating Agencies: 
Perkins School for the Blind & Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults
Principal Investigator: 

Sara Sack
Senior Scientist, Director, Assistive Technology for Kansans Program, PhD, Developmental and Child Psychology University of Kansas
University Center on Developmental Disabilities Parsons


Sheila Simmons
Research Project Manager, MS, Speech-Language Pathology, University of Northern Iowa
University Center on Developmental Disabilities Parsons

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