On February 7, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Public Notice announcing that, for 60 days, starting February 6, 2017, and ending April 7, 2017, it will accept applications for certification to participate in the permanent National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP), also known as “iCanConnect.” In addition, any entity that is currently certified under the NDBEDP pilot program that does not wish to participate in the permanent NDBEDP must notify the Commission by April 7, 2017.
The FCC will certify a single entity for each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as the sole entity to receive reimbursement for NDBEDP activities conducted in each of those jurisdictions after July 1, 2017.
The Public Notice contains information about the application process and filing instructions.
Tomorrow we celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Caption First is honored to be a part of the communication bridge for persons with hearing disabilities and looks forward to continued service. ... See MoreSee Less
Something very cool happened during one of our international events last week. One of our captioners was captioning a panel of rapid-fire speakers (some with heavy accents) and doing a great job. One of the panel members answered a question in French and the captioner just continued on once the English interpreter started speaking. One of the session staff people realized that not all the panel members had interpretation receivers and she rushed up to the dais to hand out receivers and headsets. She was waived off by the first two panel members who indicated to her that they were just reading the response as written by the captioner and displayed on the feedback monitor for the panel members. See? We've always known CART and captioning services aren't just for people with hearing loss. ... See MoreSee Less