High-tech equipment assist deaf-blind in online access

April 8, 2014 10:23 AM

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SANDS POINT (New York) — Ms Tanisha Verdejo loves to surf the Internet for online shopping deals. She chats on Facebook, learns about new recipes and enjoys sending e-mails to friends and family. Ms Verdejo, who can neither see nor hear, could do none of that a year ago.

The 40-year-old New Yorker lives in a group home in Port Washington and is among the thousands of people with combined hearing and vision loss to have benefited from a pilot programme called iCanConnect. The initiative provides low-income deaf-blind individuals with the most up-to-date telecommunica...

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