USH Talks: iCanConnect: the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program
February 25, 2020
Director, Perkins National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program/iCanConnect
Perkins School for the Blind
In this USH Talk, Marcia Brooks shares an overview of iCanConnect, the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program. iCanConnect provides free equipment and training to people with both significant hearing and vision loss who meet federal disability and income eligibility guidelines. iCanConnect is a national program with local contacts.
Marcia Brooks directs Perkins School for the Blind’s implementation of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s iCanConnect/the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program in 22 states/U.S. territories. She also directs the program’s national outreach, and Perkins’ provision of services to over a dozen additional state iCanConnect programs. Previously, Marcia worked at the WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) on federally funded research grants to improve universal access to media for people with disabilities, and earlier held management positions at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Marcia’s advocacy for solutions for people with disabilities includes service on the FCC’s Disability Advisory Committee; Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council; and the Commercial Mobile Service Alert Advisory Committee. She also served on the Univ. of California/Berkeley School of Public Health’s national advisory board for its CDC-funded Preparedness & Emergency Response Research Center.