E.H. Gentry is a full service education and rehabilitation facility. Established in 1968, Gentry helps their clients achieve economic independence through employment training, college preparation classes, independent living skills and early intervention programs. Gentry creates customized program for their clients. By combing personal and professional goals, Gentry helps their clients live the most independent life possible. Using the latest technology available, Gentry alumni are prepared for college, the workforce or to live independently. Gentry has numerous programs available including, services for deaf or hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, deaf-blind and general services. Let Gentry be that initial spark in helping you achieve your dreams.
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AIDB is Sole Certified Entity in the National Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP)
Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) has been selected by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to be the sole authorized entity certified to participate in the National Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) for Alabama. Effective July 2, 2012, the Program is slated to end July 2, 2014, with an opportunity to extend certification for an additional one year to July 2015.
Within the NDBEDP, AIDB will administer free, loaned communications devices to qualified persons who are deaf-blind. Devices will be provided statewide to Alabama residents through AIDB’s E.H. Gentry Facility and network of 8 statewide Regional Centers with device recommendations based on individual demand with AIDB/ Gentry Facility’s Deaf-Blind Program and Assistive Technology expertise.
As one of 53 entities selected in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AIDB will provide individual assessments, individual training, equipment distribution, installation and maintenance as well as local outreach.
The FCC established the NDBEDP in response to the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). The CVAA directed the FCC to establish a program using funding of up to $10 million annually from the Interstate Telecommunications Relay Service Fund (TRS Fund) for the nationwide distribution of communications equipment to low-income individuals who are deaf-blind.
“Thanks to the FCC’s diligence in addressing the availability of broadband support for individuals with disabilities including those who are deaf-blind, the CVAA was made possible,” states AIDB President, Dr. Terry Graham. “Thanks to this important legislation, people with disabilities are not left behind as technology changes and the United States migrates to the next generation of Internet-based and digital communication technologies. The CVAA will make it easier for people who are deaf-blind to do what many of us take for granted. It sets new standards so that Americans with disabilities can take advantage of ever changing technology. AIDB is excited to take a lead role in these efforts in Alabama.”
For a list of all 53 certified programs or for additional NDBEDP information, contact Travis Fields, Executive Director, E.H. Gentry Facility at (256) 761-3406.