As part of the wireless industry's continued commitment to serving people of all abilities, AccessWireless.org is the initial website that consumers should visit for information about accessible wireless devices and services. For the first time in the U.S., consumers can "Find a Phone" by searching and comparing the accessibility features of a variety of wireless devices through the Mobile Manufacturer Forum's (MMF) Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI). CTIA and its member companies received recommendations and insights from a diverse working group to ensure the website fit the needs of the accessibility community.
In October 2011, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski recognized AccessWireless.org with the Chairman's Award for Advancement in Accessibility for its innovative efforts to help consumers with disabilities benefit from the country's communications technologies.
Wireless Accessibility Offers Choices to Meet Your Lifestyle.
CTIA knows that individuals with disabilities value the mobility, convenience and safety and independence that wireless devices and services offer. That's why wireless carriers are competing to offer service plans specifically for individuals with disabilities and innovative mobile devices with built-in accessibility features or compatibility with Assistive Technology (AT) and applications which may replace expensive, immobile assistive communication devices at significantly less cost. CTIA's member companies' consider all disabilities including hearing, visual, physical or cognitive impairments simultaneously when designing and offering a communications device or service.
Wireless Holds Significant Quality of Life Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities.
CTIA recognizes that wireless devices and services are vital to the accessibility community's personal, business and emergency communications. Wireless broadband services hold the potential to significantly improve an individual with disability's quality of life through new opportunities in employment, education, health care and public safety.
Tips for Finding Accessible Wireless Services & Devices.
The selection of a wireless device is a highly personalized choice that is based on a range of unique factors including attributes of the device, abilities and product awareness of the consumer and personal resources. When consumers visit AccessWireless.org, they can "Find a Phone" by searching and comparing the accessibility features of a variety of wireless devices through the Mobile Manufacturer Forum's (MMF) Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI).
CTIA's AccessWireless.org offers tips for consumers on what they should know before, during and after they purchase their wireless devices and services.
Please check AccessWireless.Org for the latest news and developments in accessible wireless devices and services.