The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program will ensure that low-income individuals who have combined hearing and vision loss can access telephone, advanced communications and information services. This program was mandated by the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 and established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The Idaho-National Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program is a collaborative effort between the:

  • Idaho Assistive Technology Project
  • Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Idaho Commission on Aging
  • Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Idaho Education Services for the Deaf and the Blind
  • Idaho Project for Children and Youth with Deaf-Blindness
  • National Helen Keller Center
  • University of Idaho Center for Disabilities and Human Development

Families and Children

Learn what special equipment and technology is available to help families stay connected to others.

Program Application

Complete and submit an application, all with all required documentation, to the Idaho-NDBEDP office.

Program Information

Learn how the Idaho deaf-blind equipment program works, and if it's for you. Find out how to choose the equipment that's right for you and how to be trained to use it correctly.

Qualification Guidelines

Applicants must meet the ferderal required criteria to be eligible to participate in the program.


Idaho NDBEDP resources include program documents, national and state websites, and some assistive technology options.