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Released: July 1, 2014
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PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

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Released: July 1, 2014

BUREAU ANNOUNCES 2014-2015 STATE ALLOCATIONS FOR THE

NATIONAL DEAF-BLIND EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM

Washington, D.C. – The Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) of the Federal

Communications Commission (FCC) announces the state funding allocations for the National Deaf-Blind

Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) for the 2014-2015 Fund year.

The NDBEDP is a program mandated by section 105 of the Twenty-First Century

Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) that provides funding of up to $10 million

annually for the distribution of communications equipment to low-income individuals who are deaf-

blind.1

On April 4, 2011, the Commission adopted the NDBEDP Pilot Order, establishing the framework

for a pilot program to fulfill this CVAA mandate.2

In that Order, the Commission determined that it

would certify one entity per state as eligible to receive support for the local distribution of equipment to

low-income individuals who are deaf-blind.3

On July 2, 2012, after an application and selection process,

the Commission announced the entities that had been selected as certified programs to participate in the

NDBEDP and informed them of the respective state allocations for the 2012-2013 Fund year.4

For each year of the pilot program, the Commission sets aside $500,000 of the $10 million

(annually allocated for the NDBEDP) for national outreach efforts.5

The remaining $9.5 million of

annual funding is used to reimburse NDBEDP certified programs for the reasonable costs of operating

1 Pub. L. 111-260, 124 Stat. 2751 (2010); see also Pub. L. 111-265, 124 Stat. 2795 (2010) (providing technical

corrections to the CVAA). Section 105 of the CVAA adds Section 719 to the Communications Act of 1934, as

amended, and is codified at 47 U.S.C. § 620. The CVAA allows the Commission to allocate these funds from the

Interstate Telecommunications Relay Service Fund (TRS Fund).

2 See Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, Section

105, Relay Services for Deaf-Blind Individuals, Report and Order, 26 FCC Rcd 5640 (2011) (NDBEDP Pilot

Order). The NDBEDP pilot program was established to run for two years, with an option for the Commission to

extend the pilot for another year. Id. at 5649, ¶ 22. The Commission recently extended the pilot program for a third

year. See Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, Section

105, Relay Services for Deaf-Blind Individuals, Public Notice, 29 FCC Rcd 1234 (CGB 2014).

3 NDBEDP Pilot Order at 5646, ¶ 12.

4 Commission Announces Entities Certified to Participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution

Program, Public Notice, 27 FCC Rcd 7397 (CGB 2012).

5 See NDBEDP Pilot Order, 26 FCC Rcd at 5675-76, ¶ 80. The Commission announced the selection of the Perkins

School for the Blind to conduct national outreach efforts to promote the NDBEDP pilot. See Perkins School for the

Blind to Conduct National Outreach for the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, Public Notice,

27 FCC Rcd 6143 (CGB 2012). For this effort, the Perkins School for the Blind is partnering with the Helen Keller

National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults, FableVision, Inc., and other national and local consumer groups,

parent groups, agencies, and associations. Id.

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their programs in compliance with the Commission’s NDBEDP rules.6

Funding allocations for the 2012-

2013 and 2013-2014 Fund years were calculated by allocating a minimum base amount of $50,000 for

each jurisdiction plus a portion of the remaining available funding in an amount proportionate to the

population of each jurisdiction.7

Allocations for the 2014-2015 Fund year were calculated by using the

same formula with the most current census population estimates and appear below:8

Funding

Allocation

State

NDBEDP Certified Program

for 2014-2015

Alabama

Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind

$ 153,520

Alaska

Assistive Technology of Alaska

$ 65,744

Arizona

Perkins School for the Blind

$ 191,918

Arkansas

Perkins School for the Blind

$ 113,379

California

Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

$ 870,939

Colorado

Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

$ 162,829

Connecticut

Connecticut Tech Act Project

$ 127,015

Delaware

University of Delaware – Center For Disabilities Studies

$ 69,826

Florida

Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc.

$ 468,749

Georgia

Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired

$ 263,995

Hawaii

Island Skill Gathering

$ 80,070

Idaho

University of Idaho – Idaho Assistive Technology Project

$ 84,526

Illinois

The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or

Visually Impaired

$ 325,887

Indiana

To Be Determined

$

190,724

Iowa

Iowa Utilities Board

$ 116,185

Kansas

Assistive Technology for Kansans

$ 111,978

Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky University Center on Deafness and

Hearing Loss

$ 144,131

Louisiana

Affiliated Blind of Louisiana Training Center

$ 149,060

Maine

Maine Center on Deafness

$ 78,447

Maryland

Perkins School for the Blind

$ 176,973

Massachusetts

Perkins School for the Blind

$ 193,335

Michigan

Michigan Commission for the Blind

$

261,927

Minnesota

To Be Determined

$ 166,084

Mississippi

Perkins School for the Blind

$ 114,060

Missouri

Missouri Assistive Technology

$ 179,444

Montana

Perkins School for the Blind

$ 71,741

Nebraska

Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership

$ 90,017

Nevada

Perkins School for the Blind

$ 109,754

6 NDBEDP Pilot Order, 26 FCC Rcd at 5677, ¶ 85.

7 NDBEDP Pilot Order, 26 FCC Rcd at 5677, ¶ 84. The Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau may adjust

these allocations, as needed and appropriate. Id. at 5677, ¶¶ 85, 90.

8 Population figures for these calculations are derived from U.S. Census data. See National, State, and Puerto Rico

Commonwealth Totals Datasets: Population change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013 (NST-EST2013-popchg2010-

2013), available at http://www.census.gov/popest/data/national/totals/2013/NST-EST2013-popchg2010-2013.html

(last visited June 18, 2014). See also U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000 for the U.S. Virgin Islands and the 2010

Census for the U.S. Virgin Islands available at http://www.census.gov/2010census/news/xls/cb11cn180_vi.xls (last

visited June 18, 2014).

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Funding

Allocation

State

NDBEDP Certified Program

for 2014-2015

New Hampshire

Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Inc.

$ 78,344

New Jersey

New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually

Impaired

$ 240,591

New Mexico

Perkins School for the Blind

$ 94,659

New York

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and

Adults

$ 470,854

North Carolina

North Carolina Division of Services for the Deaf and the

Hard of Hearing

$ 260,909

North Dakota

Interagency Program for Assistive Technology

$ 65,492

Ohio

Ohio Deaf-Blind Outreach Program

$ 297,804

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services

$ 132,465

Oregon

Access Technologies, Inc.

$ 134,167

Pennsylvania

Institute on Disabilities – Temple University

$ 323,567

Rhode Island

Perkins School for the Blind

$ 72,519

South Carolina

Perkins School for the Blind

$ 152,259

South Dakota

South Dakota Department of Human Services

$ 68,094

Tennessee

Tennessee Regulatory Authority

$ 189,120

Texas

Perkins School for the Blind

$ 616,422

Utah

Utah Public Service Commission

$ 112,126

Vermont

Perkins School for the Blind

$ 63,420

Virginia

Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

$ 226,907

Washington

Department of Social and Health Services – Office of the

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

$ 199,301

West Virginia

Perkins School for the Blind

$ 89,712

Wisconsin

Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

$ 172,987

Wyoming

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities – University of

Wyoming

$

62,478

Washington, DC

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind

$ 63,845

Puerto Rico

Perkins School for the Blind

$ 127,422

U.S. Virgin Islands

Perkins School for the Blind

$ 52,279

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disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call

the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jackie Ellington, Consumer and

Governmental Affairs Bureau, 202-418-1153, e-mail Jackie.Ellington@fcc.gov; or Rosaline Crawford,

Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, 202-418-2075, e-mail Rosaline.Crawford@fcc.gov.

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