Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) has been selected by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to be the sole authorized entity certified to participate in the National Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) for Alabama. Effective July 2, 2012, the Program is slated to end July 2, 2014, with an opportunity to extend certification for an additional one year to July 2015.
Within the NDBEDP, AIDB will administer free, loaned communications devices to qualified persons who are deaf-blind. Devices will be provided statewide to Alabama residents through AIDB's E.H. Gentry Facility and network of eight statewide Regional Centers with device recommendations based on individual demand with AIDB/ Gentry Facility's Deaf-Blind Program and Assistive Technology expertise.
As one of 53 entities selected in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AIDB will provide individual assessments, individual training, equipment distribution, installation and maintenance as well as local outreach.
The FCC established the NDBEDP in response to the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA).The CVAA directed the FCC to establish a program using funding of up to $10 million annually from the Interstate Telecommunications Relay Service Fund (TRS Fund) for the nationwide distribution of communications equipment to low-income individuals who are deaf-blind.
For a list of all 53 certified programs or for additional NDBEDP information, contact E.H. Gentry Facility Executive Director Travis Fields at (256) 761-3406.