Press Release

New program for Mainers with low vision/hearing loss

PORTLAND, Maine  — The Maine Center on Deafness has been selected by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to be the sole administrator of the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) in Maine.

 The goal of the NDBEDP is to ensure that every person with combined hearing and vision loss has access to modern telecommunication tools and the training necessary to use them.

Eligibility for the program is determined through an application process that requires proof of annual income and verification of hearing and vision loss by a qualified professional. Once eligibility is established, the equipment is distributed at no cost.

The Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program is an addition to the current Telecommunications Equipment Program (TEP) administered by the Maine Center on Deafness.

To learn more about the Maine’s Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, the Telecommunications Equipment Program or Maine Center on Deafness, call toll free 800.639.3884; email: or visit


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