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Strengthening Accessibility through Global Coordination

November 24, 2010 - 12:53 PM by Jamal Mazrui, Deputy Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
In 2006, the United Nations agreed on the language of a treaty known as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The treaty is going through a process of signing and ratification among many countries. In 2009, President Obama signed it in honor of the 19th anniversary
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Popular Science's '100 Best Innovations of the Year'

November 19, 2010 - 03:45 PM by Pam Gregory, Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
Geek Alert! Popular Science is out with its annual 100 Best Innovations of the Year. Reliability cool any year, this year's list is also notable for a number of innovations that stand to make technology more accessible and lives easier for the disabled.A few of my personal favorites:Prosthetic
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The Gold Rush in Kansas

November 19, 2010 - 01:00 PM by Pam Gregory, Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
They’re going for the gold in Kansas, with plans to make broadband available to everyone in the Sunflower State.I recently was fortunate enough to witness this gold rush first-hand by attending the Kansas Broadband Summit, where current state of broadband deployment was discussed, as well as
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Wrapping up Open Developer Day

November 12, 2010 - 05:12 PM by Greg Elin, Chief Data Officer
On Monday, November 11, the FCC successfully held (we think) a first-of-its-kind event in the U.S. federal government! FCC Open Developer Day attracted about 100 web developers and other technology professionals to our headquarters building in Washington. We spent a day learning about open
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Seeking Nominations for the Chairman's AAA

November 9, 2010 - 12:11 PM by Pam Gregory, Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
At the July 19th event celebrating the anniversary of the ADA, Chairman Genachowski launched the Accessibility and Innovation Initiative and announced the establishment of the Chairman’s Awards for Advancement of Accessibility (or Chairman’s AAA).  The Chairman’s speech, "Empowering
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Gearing Up for Open Developer Day

November 4, 2010 - 05:03 PM by Greg Elin, Chief Data Officer
Ed. Note: Visit the Open Developer Day wiki for more info.This coming Monday the commission will play host to a one-of-a-kind event in federal government. We’re calling on coders, programmers and developers of all stripes to join us at FCC headquarters for our first ever Open Developer Day.
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Lifted By the Cloud

November 3, 2010 - 12:21 PM by Elizabeth Lyle, Special Counsel for Innovation, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
President Obama has repeatedly made clear his commitment to equal opportunity and full inclusion for people with disabilities in all aspects of life, including access to technology. He most recently made this point when he signed into law the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility
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The Power of Partnerships

October 29, 2010 - 03:05 PM by Pam Gregory, Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
We had an inspiring couple of days in Colorado last week.  On October 21 in Westminister, we participated in the 10th Annual Coleman Institute Conference, entitled “All Together Now:  The Power of Partnerships in Cognitive Disability & Technology.”While at the conference, Pam
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Announcing Open Developer Day at the FCC

October 28, 2010 - 12:46 PM by Greg Elin, Chief Data Officer
On Monday, November 8, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission will sponsor an "Open Developer Day" event at FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC to promote collaboration between web developers in the public and private sectors.The goal of Open Developer Day is to further innovation in
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Lifeline and Link-Up Programs: Stay Connected!

October 12, 2010 - 10:15 AM by Joel Gurin
No one should be without access to vital emergency services and community resources because they can't afford it.Using the telephone has become such a routine part of our lives that many of us take for granted that we can pick up a phone and be in contact with family, schools, friends,
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