HLAA Attends FCC’s Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility

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HLAA Attends FCC’s Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility

Nov 1 2011

On Friday, October 28th, 2011 HLAA executive director Brenda Battat and director of public policy, Lise Hamlin attended the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman’s AAA), an historic event for disability access.  This event was held in October to honor National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the one year passage of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA).  The Awards were presented for the development of mainstream and assistive technologies, the development of standards, and the implementation of best practices that foster accessibility. 

The Chairman’s AAA event, hosted by Chairman Genachowski, in which Commissioner Copps also presented, is one of many projects under the FCC’s Accessibility and Innovation Initiative (A&I Initiative), as recommended in the National Broadband Plan.

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 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.  The work of these honorees has improved the ability of people with disabilities to obtain and succeed at jobs and participate more actively in the community.

The Chairman also honored the winners of an FCC Challenge: Lifted by the Cloud: Visions of Cloud Enhanced Accessibility (Cloud Challenge) and presented a special award to Apple, Inc., for its visionary leadership in, and contributions to, accessibility.

Accesswireless.org (CTIA: The Wireless Association)

  • LookTel Money Reader
  • Microsoft Accessibility Tools and Training Resources
  • Non-Visual Desktop Access
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Coach
  • Universal Subtitles
  • iPhone 4 (Apple)

The Chairman’s 2011 AAA Honorable Mentions are:

  • Apps4Android
  • AT&T Speech Mashups for Accessibility
  • The Farfalla Project
  • Interpretype
  • Phlixie
  • Verizon Center for Customers with Disabilities

Winners of the Cloud Challenge are:

  • AT&T Speech Mashups for Accessibility
  • The Farfalla Project

The Commission also launched the Accessibility Clearinghouse, which was required by the CVAA.

To further recognize innovation in accessible communications, the FCC’s Technology Experience Center will display the technologies of each of the winners and honorable mentions, as well as other cutting edge technologies that provide access to persons with disabilities through November 30, 2011.  The Technology Experience Center is open to the public and offers the opportunity for visitors to experiment with these technologies.

Technologies Exhibited at the Technology Experience Center:

  • Accesswireless.org (CTIA: The Wireless Association)
  • American Foundation for the Blind’s Access World app
  • Apps4Android
  • AT&T Speech Mashups for Accessibility
  • CapTel’s 800i
  • CBS
  • CISCO video phones
  • Computer Prompting & Captioning (CPC)
  • The Farfalla Project
  • Great Call—Jitterbug
  • HTC
  • Humanware
  • Interpretype
  • iPhone 4
  • LookTel Money Reader
  • Microsoft Accessibility Tools and Training Resources
  • National Public Radio Labs
  • Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA)
  • Phlixie
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Coach
  • Samsung
  • Stanford School of Engineering
  • Universal Subtitles
  • Verizon Center for Customers with Disabilities
  • WGBH—National Center for Accessible Media

The ceremony was broadcast live via the Internet with open captions.  The video of the awards ceremony has been archived and can be seen at: http://www.fcc.gov/events/chairmans-awards-advancement-accessibility

FCC News Release:
Word: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2011/db1028/DOC-310717A1.doc

PDF: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2011/db1028/DOC-310717A1.pdf