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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.
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.