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I Can Connect/NJ

Modern technology allows most people to communicate through phones and computers, but for people who have a combined vision and hearing loss, special equipment may be necessary to make a phone call, send an e-mail, text, or access the Internet.

iCanConnect/NJ provides telecommunications devices to meet the needs of individuals who have a combined hearing and vision loss (as defined by The Helen Keller National Center Act) and who meet income criteria.

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New Jersey Center on Deafblindness

Deaf-blindness is a low incidence disability and within this very small group of children there is great variability. Many children who are deaf-blind have some usable vision and/or hearing. The majority of children who are deaf-blind also have additional physical, medical and/or cognitive problems. Children are considered to be deaf-blind when the combination of their hearing and vision loss causes such severe communication and other developmental and educational needs that they require significant and unique adaptations in their educational programs.

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Support Service Providers of New Jersey

The goal of SSPNJ is to encourage New Jersey’s self-directed deafblind adults to actively participate in the communities where they live and work. Our network of Support Service Providers, or SSPs, supports us in achieving this goal.

Funding for this project is provided by the New Jersey Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired.

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Work Skills Preparation

The Work Skills Preparation (WSP) Program is a two-week residential transition program designed for high school students (16-21 years of age) who are blind or vision impaired and plan to pursue employment after high school. Students will participate in intensive career exploration, work-based learning experiences, as well as activities in self-advocacy, social skills, independent living skills, and blindness skills. WSP is designed to teach and assess within the Transition Domains: Employment, Education, Community Integration, and Independent Living.

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College Prep Experience

The College Prep Experience is a two-week, residential program designed to provide high school students who are blind or vision impaired with college experience in preparation for entry into college or university. Most participants are rising high school juniors and seniors. The program strives to familiarize students with a college campus and help students navigate the shift in responsibility during the transition from high school to college. Students will participate in intensive college and career exploration and college and career counseling, as well as activities in self-advocacy, independent living skills, and blindness skills. It is our goal to provide a well-rounded experience to assist in preparing for college life.

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