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And the Winners Are: The FCC’s Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility

December 2012— On December 19, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Chairman Julius Genachowski will present the FCC’s Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility to eight projects exemplifying significant innovation in communications technology that benefits individuals with disabilities. The awards are part of the FCC’s Accessibility and Innovation Initiative that focuses on promoting communication and collaboration between the various stakeholders involved in developing “best practices and solutions for accessible communications technologies.” There are six areas of focus for the 2012 awards, to include: Consumer Empowerment Information; Mobile Applications; Civic Participation Solutions; Education; College or University; Video Programming; and Geo-Location Solutions. All winning projects will be on display at the FCC’s Technology Experience Center from December 19-31, 2012.

And the winners are:

  • Consumer Empowerment Information -- Project StAR: Accessible Radio 2012/The Narrator
  • Mobile Applications -- WGBH National Center for Accessible Media: “Media Access Mobile”
  • Civic Participation Solutions -- Prime III: A Universally Designed Voting Machine
  • Education: College or University -- Project: Possibilities SS12: Code for a Cause
  • Video Programming -- Accessible Media Inc. (AMI)
  • Geo-Location Services -- Tiramisu Transit

The awards ceremony is free, open to the public, and will be held at the FCC headquarters at 2pm EST. Attendees must RSVP to the event and for those that cannot attend in person, the ceremony will be broadcast live over the Internet on the FCC’s web page at fcc.gov/live.   

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