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The Accessible Technology Challenges Facing Millennials

by Jamal Mazrui , Director, FCC Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
May 6, 2015 - 03:13 PM

Last week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced proposals to move the Commission forward on two important communications access issues for Americans with disabilities.  It is a primary objective of the Commission to strive toward better access to information and communication technology for people with disabilities.

To that end, the FCC recently cohosted a forum focused specifically on accessibility issues facing young adults with disabilities.  From this event, the Commission’s Accessibility and Innovation Initiative learned many lessons about the daily challenges facing this community.

The Community Forum on Accessible Information and Communication Technology was cohosted by the Washington Metro Disabled Students Collective and took place at the U.S. Access Board.  A panel of young adults with disabilities discussed their experiences regarding the accessibility of information and communication technologies. During the small group breakout sessions, students discussed the challenges they face. A representative from each group presented the top challenges discussed accompanied by proposed solutions.

A panel of young adults with disabilities shown discussing their experiences regarding the accessibility of information and communication technologies.

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FCC Holds 2-Day Workshop to Advance Accessible Technology Development

by Jamal Mazrui , Deputy Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
August 30, 2012 - 11:36 AM

To address the challenge of providing accessible solutions that often lag behind rapid technology advances, the FCC is hosting a free workshop for developers Sept. 6-7 at its headquarters in Washington. The two-day event – “Developing with Accessibility” (DevAcc) – is designed to spur increased and ongoing collaboration on accessibility among developers for various technology platforms.

DevAcc is the part of Chairman Genachowski’s ongoing Accessibility and Innovation Initiative launched in July 2010 in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The A&I Initiative promotes collaboration among stakeholders from government, industry, and consumer sectors so that people with disabilities can reap the full benefit of broadband communication technologies.  Put simply, the Initiative is open government applied to accessibility.

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