Friday, October 10, 2014

Communication Equipment for Low Income People with Sight and Hearing Loss

Right now I'm in San Francisco at a Foundation Center network convention, picking the best brains in nonprofit funding. Among them is Sally Freaney of the Public Library of Youngstown-Mahoning  County. Her library's website included a link to I Can Connect, a federal program to put low income deaf-blind in touch with communication equipment and people who can train them to use it.

In this program, "deaf blind" means that the person has enough loss of hearing and sight to hinder their ability to communicate and use communication equipment.  Likewise, the income guidelines are more generous than you might think--as much as over $40,000 for individuals, and more for families. For more on the guidelines on who is eligible for free equipment and training see their website. For more information or a referral to a partner in your state, call 1-800-825-4595.

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