The Commission has a number of programs and rules designed to enhance the accessibility of communications technologies to individuals with disabilities. For example, the Commission:
- requires video programming distributors to provide most programming with closed captions;
- has established a fund that supports various forms of Telecommunications Relay Services - a service that allows individuals with hearing or speech disabilities to use communications technologies at the same cost as individuals without such disabilities - and requires providers of the service to comply with certain rules in order to qualify for reimbursement from the fund for their service; and
- requires most wireless carriers to make available a minimum number of hearing aid compatible (HAC) handsets and to make periodic status reports and to post certain information at their websites, in order to ensure that consumers have access to up-to-date information and to ensure that the Commission can monitor compliance.