FCC Accepting Nominations for Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility; Deadline Is April 15
by: Jamal Mazrui, Deputy Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
March 21, 2014
*The deadline for nominations for Chairman’s AAA has been extended from March 31 to April 15. This blog post has been edited to reflect the deadline change.
One of the most cherished missions of the FCC is helping to bridge the accessibility gap in communications technologies. Entrusted by Congress with various regulatory responsibilities intended to raise the baseline level of accessibility found in communication technologies and advanced services enabled by the Internet, the FCC in recent years has developed additional non-regulatory approaches to buoy its efforts to achieve these goals. To that end, the Accessibility and Innovation (A&I) Initiative was created to promote collaborative problem-solving on accessibility among academic, industry, consumer and government sectors. A signature project of the A&I Initiative is the Chairman's Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman's AAA) to recognize innovators for contributions to accessible technology.
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A New Captioned Telephone Solution: Innocaption
Last month a meeting was held at NVRC by a large group of individuals with hearing loss. They learned about a promising new captioned telephone service called Innocaption, and several of them tested it. The service is not currently available because the Federal Communications Commission has not yet acted to approve it.
To learn more and view a video taken at the meeting: http://youtu.be/oSu5DICmhMU
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From the Hearing Loss Association of America
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is interested in gathering more information about hearing aid compatible (HAC) phones.
How difficult is it to find a HAC phone? Are you having trouble finding a phone that works with your telecoil? Those are the kinds of questions the FCC is asking. We’d like to help them find the answers.
If you have searched for and/or purchased a cell phone in 2012, please complete this quick survey.
But answer soon: We plan to close the survey December 19, 2012.
Thank you. Completing this survey helps us help the FCC!
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