Vermont Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program
Welcome to our new Vermont Deaf Blind Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program. This federally funded two year pilot program serves Vermonters who are have both vision and hearing losses.
This program provides FREE communications technology – as well as installation, training and support – for low- and middle-income deaf-blind Vermont residents, giving them the keys to stay connected in today’s world.
What Equipment is Available?
A staff person will evaluate your home and work place to determine what equipment will best fit your telecommunication needs. Then we will assist you with installation, training and support for the new equipment.
The program does not provide services such as Internet or phone lines, ONLY the equipment used to connect with them. Depending upon your needs, the equipment could include screen readers, tablets, braille displays or screen enlargement software (contact us for a full list of possible equipment).
We can provide you with a combination of these items that will be able to best meet your communication needs.
For more information about the national pilot program online, please visit http://www.icanconnect.org. This site describes more equipment options and their descriptions, details about the program, and also gives contact information for different state programs. It’s informative, please check it out!
How do I qualify?
1. Be a Vermont resident. (If you live in another state you can contact http://www.icanconnect.org/ to find your state's program.
2. Have an income that does not exceed 400% of the federal poverty guidelines (must have proof of income)
3. Be Deaf/Blind. This is defined as any person: a)who has central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with corrective lenses, or field defect such that the peripheral diameter of visual field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees, or a progressive visual loss having a prognosis leading to one or both these conditions;
AND b) who has a chronic hearing impairments so severe that most speech cannot be understood with optimum amplification, or a progressive hearing loss having a prognosis leading to this condition;
AND c) for whom the combination of impairments described in both above sections cause extreme difficulty in attaining independence in daily life activities, achieving psychosocial adjustment, or obtaining a vocation.
This also includes individuals who might not quite match the above hearing or vision loss but who can be determined through functional and performance assessment to have severe hearing and visual disabilities that cause extreme difficulty in attaining independence (proof of disabilities is required).
Are You Ready for the Next Step?
If you think you might qualify for this program, please print and complete the form below. You are also welcome to contact us for more information, or ask that an application be mailed to you.
Communication is essential for staying healthy, holding a job, managing a household and participating in the community. We are here to help, contact us.
Senior Manager- Jorika Stockwell- Southern VT Office
Toll free- 888-254-3323 X549 ( V/TTY)
802-258-9574 ( Fax)
209 Austine Drive
Brattleboro, VT 05301