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Released: July 1, 2013

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DA 13-1488

Released: July 1, 2013

BUREAU ANNOUNCES 2013-2014 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 2013-2014 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
their programs in compliance with the Commission's NDBEDP rules.6 Funding allocations for the 2012-


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
, CG Docket No. 10-210, Report and Order, 26 FCC Rcd 5640 (2011)
(NDBEDP Pilot Order). The NDBEDP pilot will run for two years, with an option for the Commission to extend
the program for another year. Id. at 5649, 22.
3 Id. at 5646, 12.
4 Commission Announces Entities Certified to Participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution
Program
, Public Notice, DA 12-1050, 27 FCC Rcd 7397 (July 2, 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,
DA 12-910 (June 8, 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.
6 NDBEDP Pilot Order, 26 FCC Rcd at 5677, 85.

2013 Fund year 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 2013-2014 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 2013-2014
Alabama
Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind
$153,973
Alaska
Assistive Technology of Alaska
$65,772
Arizona
Perkins School for the Blind
$191,302
Arkansas
Perkins School for the Blind
$113,589
California
Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
$870,252
Colorado
Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
$161,855
Connecticut
Connecticut Tech Act Project
$127,415
Delaware
University of Delaware Center For Disabilities Studies
$69,774
Florida
Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc.
$466,527
Georgia
Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired
$263,895
Hawaii
Island Skill Gathering
$80,021
Idaho
University of Idaho Idaho Assistive Technology Project
$84,407
The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or
Illinois
$327,617
Visually Impaired
Indiana
Indiana State University
$190,958
Iowa
Iowa Utilities Board
$116,286
Kansas
Assistive Technology for Kansans
$112,226
Eastern Kentucky University Center on Deafness and
Kentucky
$144,451
Hearing Loss
Louisiana
Affiliated Blind of Louisiana Training Center
$149,226
Maine
Maine Center on Deafness
$78,660
Maryland
Perkins School for the Blind
$176,883
Massachusetts
Perkins School for the Blind
$193,305
Michigan
Michigan Commission for the Blind
$263,106
Minnesota Department of Human Services Deaf and Hard
Minnesota
$165,985
of Hearing Service Division
Mississippi
The Arc of Mississippi
$114,361
Missouri
Missouri Assistive Technology
$179,847
Montana
Perkins School for the Blind
$71,673
Nebraska
Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
$90,009
Nevada
To Be Determined
$109,488
New Hampshire
Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Inc.
$78,477


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 Table 1. Annual Estimates of the
Population for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012 (NST-EST2011-
01), available at http://www.census.gov/popest/data/state/totals/2012/tables/NST-EST2012-01.xls (last visited June
26, 2013). 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 27,
2013).
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Funding

Allocation

State

NDBEDP Certified Program

for 2013-2014
New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually
New Jersey
$241,139
Impaired
New Mexico
Perkins School for the Blind
$94,969
Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and
New York
$471,975
Adults
North Carolina Division of Services for the Deaf and the
North Carolina
$260,275
Hard of Hearing
North Dakota
Interagency Program for Assistive Technology
$65,085
Ohio
Ohio Deaf-Blind Outreach Program
$298,917
Oklahoma
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
$132,255
Oregon
Access Technologies, Inc.
$134,078
Pennsylvania
Institute on Disabilities Temple University
$325,208
Rhode Island
Perkins School for the Blind
$72,646
South Carolina
Perkins School for the Blind
$151,853
South Dakota
South Dakota Department of Human Services
$67,969
Tennessee
Tennessee Regulatory Authority
$189,210
Texas
Perkins School for the Blind
$611,890
Utah
Utah Public Service Commission
$111,566
Vermont
Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
$63,498
Virginia
Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
$226,504
Department of Social and Health Services Office of the
Washington
$198,714
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
West Virginia
Perkins School for the Blind
$90,007
Wisconsin
Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
$173,473
Wyoming Institute for Disabilities University of
Wyoming
$62,429
Wyoming
Washington, DC
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
$63,634
Puerto Rico
Perkins School for the Blind
$129,070
U.S. Virgin Islands
Perkins School for the Blind
$52,294

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