Image of a brain with neural connections, with light bulbs (one standing upright and illuminated, the others are on their sides and unlit) in the background.
Courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

The FCC's Disability Rights Office helps facilitate telecommunication needs of people with cognitive disabilities and effective means of meeting those needs. “Cognitive disabilities” is a term that refers to a broad range of conditions that include intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, severe, persistent mental illness, brain injury, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. According to the website of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, an estimated 28.5 million Americans, more than 9% of the U.S. population, had a cognitive disability in 2012.


White Paper: Individuals with Cognitive Disabilities: Barriers to and Solutions for Accessible Information and Communication Technologies
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Best Practices to Promote Effective Access to and Usability of ICT Products and Services for Americans with Cognitive Disabilities
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FCC Issues Reminders and Recommendations to Make Televised Emergency Information Accessible to People with Disabilities (Public Notice)

  • 2017: Televised Emergency Information Accessible to Viewers with Disabilities

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  • 2016: Televised Emergency Information Accessible to Viewers with Disabilities

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FCC Summit on Telecommunication Needs of People with Cognitive Disabilities (October 28, 2015)

https://www.fcc.gov/news-events/events/2015/10/summit-on-telecommunication-needs-of-people-with-cognitive-disabilities

FCC Remarks at Coleman Institute Conference On Cognitive Disabilities And Technology, Broomfield, Co.

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Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HckpnPSvAqU

 

Updated: 
Wednesday, October 5, 2016