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DEAF-BLIND TECHNOLOGY
Free high-tech devices to low-income deaf and blind people open doors to online communication

Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 1:59 AM EDT
SANDS POINT, N.Y.


New technology and a federally funded program are helping low-income individuals who can't see and hear access the Internet.

Through a three-year pilot program called iCanConnect, the Helen Keller National Center in suburban New York and the Perkins School for the Blind in Boston are helping distribute high-tech devices and offer training.

One device uses a network of tiny pins that pop up and down through holes, scrolling letters that a blind person can read. It can connect to a smartphone or iPad. Other available items include amplified telephones and computer programs that allow for large print displays for those who may be vision-impaired, but not entirely blind.

Experts say that without financial help from the FCC-sponsored program, many deaf-blind people would be unable to acquire the devices.










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