National Deaf-Blind Telecommunication Program: iCanConnect - Oregon

Access Technologies, Inc. (ATI) is pleased to announce that as of July 2, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has certified ATI to administer services for the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program in Oregon.

Below is a list of requirements an applicant must meet to be able to participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (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

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.

For more information about the NDBEDP, including the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) consumer guide and eligibility rules, visit