In this Wednesday, March 26, 2014 photo, Tanisha Verdejo, a client at the Helen Keller National Center, demonstrates the use of a specially designed keyboard that helps blind clients access the Internet, in Sands Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)
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Tanisha Verdejo loves to surf the Internet for online shopping deals.The center, along with the Boston-based Perkins School for the Blind, is working with state agencies and others around the country to distribute items like refreshable Braille displays, amplified telephones and computer programs that allow for large print displays for those who may be vision-impaired but not entirely blind.Established by the Federal Communications Commission, the pilot program allocates $10 million annually for low-income deaf-blind people to get the equipment.Dr. Christian Vogler, director of the Technology Access Program at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., said because the deaf-blind population is relatively small -- about 100,000 in the U.S., according to one estimate -- the high-technology devices are very expensive to produce.
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