Communication Solutions for Deaf-Blind South-Dakotans
Navigating communication with friends and family as a deaf or hard-of-hearing person can be tricky – add blindness or poor eyesight, and the task will likely require special equipment.
Luckily there are tools available for South Dakotans who are deaf-blind – it’s just a matter of requesting them.
About the Program
The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP), in association with the South Dakota Department of Human Services:
- Secures communication technology and equipment.
- Provides assessments to eligible participants.
- Offers in-home training for eligible participants.
About the Equipment
There are several pieces of equipment that South Dakota’s NDBEDP offers its clientele, including:
- Accessories, such as specialized keyboards, mounts, switches, headsets and support devices.
- Braille devices, such as Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
- Computers and mobile devices, such as deaf-blind-enabled desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets.
- Software, such as screen readers and screen-magnifier programs.
- Signalers, such as vibrating devices that alert users to ringing phones and new messages.
Getting Signed Up
If you or a loved one is deaf-blind, help is just a call or email away.