Missouri has a new program for the individual with combined hearing and vision loss. A two year pilot project is being administered by Missouri Assistive Technology (MoAT). It is made possible by the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 and funded by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This act wants to ensure that every person with combined hearing and vision loss has access to modern telecommunication tools and the training necessary to use them. In July of 2012 MoAT was certified by the FCC to begin the project in the state of Mo. This program is to ensure that deaf-blind people have access to a variety of communication devices. Examples would be the iPad with braille display, a laptop with VoiceOver screen reader and magnification or a Zoom Text keyboard with black on yellow keys. The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program site, iCanConnect, has a complete list of options for the deaf-blind user.
To apply applicants need to submit an application along with income documentation. An assessment may be conducted to determine what type of equipment is needed. To obtain an application contact Brenda Whitlock at the MoAT offices at 816-655-6706 or 800-647-8557(voice), 800-647-8558(TTY). You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org. This equipment can help an individual meet their distance communication needs through technology instead of equipment specifically for face-to-face communication.