Information Services manages an array of resources and support services for the Center including:
responds to requests for information about deaf-blindness
disseminates information about the Center's services and topics
publishes CONNECT!, HKNC's tri-annual newsletter
handles requests for tours
maintains the HKNC library
maintains the National Registry
Transcript of Video about the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program.
NARRATOR: Adriana Antoci was born deaf and uses sign language to communicate. But three years ago Adriana began to lose her sight.
ADRIANA A.: (Tagged as Program Participant). It was a really depressing situation for myself so I went back to home and I lost everything. I felt like my life had changed. I couldnít do what I was doing before.
NARRATOR: She has a progressive degenerative disorder called Usher syndrome. As her sight deteriorated so did her communication with the outside world. Using her phone and computer became challenging. But a pilot program funded by the FCC called iCanConnect is helping thousands of people like Adriana.
CHRIS W.: (Tagged as Hellen [sic] Keller National Center). The hope of this program is to give equipment and access for all deaf-blind individuals with low income and to make them be able to communicate with the world.
NARRATOR: The program spends $10 million each year putting phones and computers in the hands those in the deaf-blind community who otherwise couldnít afford them. It will also help pay for a braille device that can cost as much as $6 thousand a piece
MEGHAN K.: I was able to input that in braille and I am going to send it.
NARRATOR: These specialized devices can fit into any cell phone or lap top allowing a deaf-blind individual to interact with their mobile devices.
MEGHAN K.: (Tagged as: Technology Instructor for Deaf-Blind) Accessing email and Facebook and being able to communicate with their family and friends has opened up so many new doors that previously were - they werenít able to communicate.
NARRATOR: Adriana, who is legally blind, is currently using a specialized magnification program to use her phone and lap top but she knows when her sight fades it doesnít mean she has to give up her dreams.
ADRIANA A.: In the future I really want to be a social worker and Iím going to be using all of this of course.
NARRATOR: Help she wants to pay forward.
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