iKAN Connect Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program

iKAN Connect Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program

Kansans with a combined hearing and vision loss can receive telecommunication tools and the training to use them. Who can benefit from advanced telecommunications access? Here are some examples: A college graduate who is deaf-blind and wants to use Monster.com to search for a job; A young girl with combined hearing and vision loss who wants to use Skype to connect via sign language with her grandmother; A man who has lost sight and hearing as a result of aging and wants to email and Facebook to reconnect with friends and family. Any individual who meets the definition of deaf-blindness in the HKNC Act and has an income that does not exceed 400% of the federal poverty level can qualify to receive advanced communications and information services equipment. Verification of disability Have a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with corrective lenses, or a visual 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; Have 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 Have the combination of impairments described in 1 and 2 above cause extreme difficulty in attaining independence in daily life activities, achieving psychosocial adjustment, or obtaining a vocation. Interested individuals, family members or service providers may obtain further information by calling your regional AT ATKmanagement office at 800-617-0907

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Sara Sack, PhD
KS-Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span

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