iCanConnect provides people with both significant vision and hearing loss with free equipment and training. Offered in the state of Ohio, iCanConnect is a program that DSC runs to help people stay connected with friends, family, and the world. DSC is able to provide this program through a partnership with the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program and Perkins School for the Blind.
People who receive the equipment will receive education on how to use it by skilled and qualified trainers. This specialized instruction creates a feeling of security and connection to the community.
In partnership with sComm, DSC will work with individuals who qualify through Medicare or private insurance to provide durable medical equipment that will assist with one-on-one communication for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or non-verbal people.
Through a dual keyboarding system, these individuals will be able to communicate in real time text with anyone. The Ubi Duo is a great tool to use for medical appointments, business meetings, and anywhere there is a communication barrier for individuals who do not sign to communicate with others.
Relay Ohio/CapTel is Relay 711 – a free statewide public service for communication between standard (voice) users and persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and speech-disabled using text telephones (TTYs) or adaptive equipment.
Relay Ohio trainers, in partnership with Sprint Relay, provide trainings and demonstrations throughout Ohio to all 88 counties.