On July 2, 2018, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) released a Public Notice announcing the funding allocations for the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP), also known as iCanConnect, for the 2018-2019 Fund year, which begins July 1, 2018, and ends June 30, 2019. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may provide up to $10 million annually for the NDBEDP. For 2018-2019, CGB set aside $250,000 for national outreach and $100,000 towards the development of a centralized database for the NDBEDP. CGB allocated the remaining $9.65 million of available funding among the 56 certified programs.
Links to the Public Notice:
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, at 202-418-1153 or by email to Jackie.Ellington@fcc.gov; or Rosaline Crawford, DRO, CGB, at 202-418-2075 or by email to Rosaline.Crawford@fcc.gov. Individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at 844-432-2275 (videophone). TTY users may call the FCC’s TTY number at (888) 835-5322.