FCC Chairman's Awards for Advancement in Accessibility | Federal Communications Commission

Dec
19
2012

FCC Chairman's Awards for Advancement in Accessibility

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST

FCC, Room TW-C305, 445 12th Street S.W., Washington, DC

Eight projects representing significant innovation in communications technology benefitting people with disabilities received the FCC’s Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility, presented by Chairman Julius Genachowski during the ceremony.

Now in their second year, the awards are intended to encourage technological innovation in communication-related areas and to recognize engineers, researchers, and other technologists whose energies and perseverance contribute to technologies that help people with disabilities to obtain and succeed at jobs and participate more actively in the community.

The awards are a project of the FCC’s Accessibility and Innovation Initiative, which is based on a recommendation from the FCC’s 2010 National Broadband Plan. The A&I Initiative seeks to facilitate dialogue among industry, assistive technology companies, app developers, government representatives, and consumers to allow stakeholders to share best practices and solutions for accessible communications technologies.

Awards presented for the development of mainstream or assistive technologies, the development of standards, and the implementation of best practices that foster accessibility. The awards focused on six categories: Consumer Empowerment Information; Mobile Applications; Civic Participation Solutions; Education: College or University; Video Programming; and Geo-Location Solutions. In addition [...]

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