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On June 20, 2017, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Public Notice announcing the entities certified to participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP), also known as "iCanConnect," for eight additional states and the District of Columbia starting July 1, 2017.

CGB certified the following entities to administer the NDBEDP:  for Alabama, the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind; for Alaska, Assistive Technology of Alaska; for California, the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired; for Delaware, the University of Delaware - Center for Disabilities Studies; for the District of Columbia, the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind; for Illinois, The Chicago Lighthouse Serving the Blind, Visually Impaired, Disabled and Veteran Communities; for Missouri, Missouri Assistive Technology; for Nebraska, the Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership; and, for Pennsylvania, the Institute on Disabilities - Temple University.

The FCC will announce by future Public Notices the names of other entities that are selected for the NDBEDP.

Links to the Public Notice:
Weblink:  https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-certifies-entities-ndbedp-eight-more-states-and-dc
Word:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-17-596A1.docx
PDF:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-17-596A1.pdf
Text:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-17-596A1.txt

For more information about the NDBEDP, visit http://www.fcc.gov/ndbedp.

For more information about the Public Notice, contact Jackie Ellington, Disability Rights Office (DRO), CGB, 202-418-1153, e-mail Jackie.Ellington@fcc.gov; or Rosaline Crawford, DRO, CGB, 202 418 2075, e-mail Rosaline.Crawford@fcc.gov.  Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) may call the FCC's ASL Consumer Support Line at 844-432-2275 (videophone).

Updated: 
Tuesday, June 20, 2017