The NDBEDP is a national program required by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) that provides $10 million annually for the distribution of communication equipment to low-income individuals who are deaf-blind. Access Technologies, Inc. (ATI) is pleased to announce that as of July 2, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has certified Access Technologies, Inc. to be the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) administrator for Oregon. Oregon will receive approximately $134,000 for the first year of the two-year NDBEDP pilot project. NDBEDP Applications are now available below for convenient downloading and printing.
Below is a list of requirements an applicant must meet to be able to participate in the NDBEDP.
Medical Eligibility: Applicants must meet the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) definition of Deaf-Blind which states an individual is deaf-blind when they have
- a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with corrective lenses, or a 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
- a chronic hearing impairment so severe that most speech cannot be understood with optimum amplification, or a progressive hearing loss having a prognosis leading to this condition; and
- for whom the combination of impairments described in clauses (1) and (2) cause extreme difficulty in attaining independence in daily life activities, achieving psychosocial adjustment, or obtaining a vocation.
Financial Eligibility: Applicant must meet income eligibility requirements that do not exceed 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG). NDBEDP applicants are required to provide proof of income. If you are enrolled in a federal subsidy program with income threshold that does not exceed 400% of the Federal Poverty Guideline, you meet the income eligibility for the NDBED Program.
Links to print out the application are listed below, or you may contact Access Technologies, Inc. via phone (V/TTY) or email to request an application or to inquire about the NDBEDP project.
More information about the Program, inlcuding types of equipment to be distributed is located on the iCanConnect website (http://www.icanconnect.org/oregon ).
To contact Access Technologies, Inc. please call us at 503-361-1201 or 1-800-677-7512 V/TTY, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Is this program for me?
If you are a person who has combined vision and hearing loss, and you cannot afford communications technology that enable you to use a telephone, send an email, access the Internet, or use other communications technology, you may be eligible for this program.
National Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program Application
Click here for the Oregon NDBEDP APPLICATION.doc
Click here for the Oregon NDBEDP APPLICATION Large Print.doc
Click here for the Oregon NDBEDP APPLICATION.pdf
Click here for the Oregon NDBEDP APPLICATION Large Print.pdf
Click her for the Oregon NDBEDP APPLICATION.txt