High-tech items giving deaf-blind online access - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

High-tech items giving deaf-blind online access

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New technology and a federally funded program are helping low-income individuals who can't see and hear access the Internet.

Through a three-year pilot program called iCanConnect, the Helen Keller National Center in suburban New York and the Perkins School for the Blind in Boston are helping distribute high-tech devices and offer training.

One device uses a network of tiny pins that pop up and down through holes, scrolling letters that a blind person can read. It can connect to a smartphone or iPad. Other available items include amplified telephones and computer programs that allow for large print displays for those who may be vision-impaired, but not entirely blind.

Experts say that without financial help from the FCC-sponsored program, many deaf-blind people would be unable to acquire the devices.

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