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CHAIRMAN'S AWARDS FOR ADVANCEMENT IN ACCESSIBILITY SET FOR OCT. 28

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Released: October 17, 2011

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October 17, 2011 Rosemary Kimball at (202) 418-0511

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TECHNOLOGY FOR ALL AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES
ECONOMIC FREEDOM, JOBS, AND CIVIC PARTICIPATION CELEBRATION &
AWARDS CEREMONY
Washington, D.C. On Friday, October 28, 2011, at 9:00 am, Chairman Julius Genachowski
will present the Chairman's Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman's AAA) at the
FCC Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The Chairman's AAA are intended to encourage technological innovation in communication-
related areas and to recognize engineers, researchers and other technologists whose energies and
perseverance have been successful in crafting innovative ways for consumers with disabilities to
benefit from our nation's communications technologies. Awards will be presented for the
development of mainstream or assistive technologies, the development of standards, and the
implementation of best practices that foster accessibility. The award recipients were selected by
staff from the FCC's Accessibility and Innovation Initiative (A&I Initiative). The A&I Initiative
seeks to facilitate dialogue among industry, assistive technology companies, app developers,
government representatives and consumers to allow these stakeholders to share best practices
and solutions for accessible communications technologies.
The Commission was very pleased with the response to its first call for Award nominations. The
dynamic technologies represented have come from a variety of entities, including small and large
communication businesses, institutions of higher learning, app developers, government agencies,
the assistive technology industry, and public-private partnerships. The award nominations are a
testament to the pioneering work currently underway in the world of innovation and access.
Chairman Genachowski will also announce the winners of the Lifted by the Cloud: Visions of
Cloud-Enhanced Accessibility
challenge which was launched in July of this year. The challenge
sought multimedia presentations -- typically short videos -- that demonstrate how accessibility
may be increased using advances in the communication and computing power of the Internet.
This event will also include a demonstration of the FCC's new Accessibility Clearinghouse,
which is required by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Programming
Accessibility Act (CVAA).

To further recognize accessible communication innovations, the FCC's Technology Experience
Center will highlight assistive and accessible technologies between October 14 and November
30, 2011. The Center is open to the public and will offer visitors the opportunity to experiment
with the technologies honored at the Chairman's AAA ceremony, as well other cutting edge
accessible technologies.
Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. Please send your RSVP to
ChairmansAAA@fcc.gov. Open captioning will be provided for this event. Other reasonable
accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Please include a
description of the accommodations you will need and how to contact you if additional
information is needed. Please request any accommodations as early as possible. Last minute
requests will be accepted but may be impossible to fill. Please send accommodations requests to
fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530
(voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).
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