August 30, 2016

NH Association for the Blind Partners with Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

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woman using assistive tech at work to attend a meeting on the computer

Partnership between local organizations will provide outreach and training on iCanConnect 

Concord, NH – August 30, 2016:  iCanConnect is a federal program designed to help individuals with combined hearing and vision loss to connect with family, friends and community. It was established by the FCC in an effort to comply with the 21st Century Video and Communications Accessibility Act, a federal law that required people with disabilities to have access to modern communications technology that enable distance communication.

Any individual with significant combined hearing and vision loss who meet federal income guidelines iCanConnect will provide free communication technology and training to allow individuals to stay connected with family and friends.

“With the senior population in New Hampshire expected to double over the next decade the Association is excited to partner with Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services to provide assessments and training on the iCanConnect assistive technology products;” said David Morgan, President & CEO of New Hampshire Association for the Blind.

“We’re thrilled that the Association has joined us in our outreach and assistive technology training for the program, making sure that organizations and qualified invididuals throughout New Hampshire are aware of the iCanConnect program and receive the technology systems and devices they need n order to communicate with family and friends;” said Paul Baravella, Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Operations Manager for the iCanConnect program.

Headquartered at the McGreal Sight Center in Concord, the New Hampshire the Association for the Blind was founded in 1912, with the mission to advance the independence of persons who are blind and visually impaired. Over the last 105 years, the Association has grown to offer a complete range of specialized professional education and vision rehabilitation services that help babies, children, adults, and elders who have little to no vision to obtain access to a full range of services. The Association is the only private, nonprofit provider of statewide, comprehensive direct vision rehabilitation and educational services throughout the state of NH for persons of all ages who are blind or visually impaired.

For more information on the New Hampshire Association for the Blind’s programs and services, call 603-224-4039 or visit

Established in 2001, Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the New Hampshire Deaf and Hard of Hearing community through empowerment, education, and advocacy for equal access and opportunity. NDHHS houses a variety of services and programs in coordination with organizations statewide including interpreter referral services, equipment distribution programs and educational outreach initiatives.

For more information about NDHHS programs and services, call (603) 224-1850 or visit