Technology continues to advance rapidly in today's fast paced world. Smart phones and tablets are being sold in numbers that increase exponentially each year, and innovation is thriving at the same speed. What is particularly exciting is the advancement of communications technologies that enhance the lives of people with disabilities. The Accessibility and Innovation Initiative at the Federal Communications Commission has an ongoing goal to recognize outstanding private and public sector ventures in such accessibility and innovation.
Chairman Julius Genachowski is holding the second Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman's AAA) to honor engineers, researchers and other technologists who contribute to technological innovation for people with disabilities in communication-related areas.
At last year's award ceremony, Chairman Genachowski stated "harnessing the power of technology to benefit all Americans is at the core of the FCC's mission." This mission is especially critical when it comes to accessibility. Empowering persons with disabilities and giving them tools to participate through new technologies enriches their lives and makes the possibilities for their future advancement seem endless.
This year's award winners were chosen in six different categories: Consumer Empowerment Information; Mobile Applications; Civic Participation Solutions; Education: College or University; Video Programming; and Geo-Location Solutions. In addition to the winners in each of these categories, two honorable mentions will also be recognized.
The winners of this year’s Chairman’s AAA are:
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