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Wireless RERC Comments on Impact of Federal Accessibility Mandates

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Georgia Tech’s Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), in collaboration with the Wireless RERC, submitted comments to an FCC Public Notice [CG Docket No. 10-213] asking for comments on the tentative findings about the accessibility of communication technologies. Released on August 28, 2014, the Public Notice requested comments assessing the extent to which telecommunications and advanced communications services and technology have complied with CVAA accessibility mandates, related recordkeeping and enforcement obligations effects, and the existing accessibility barriers for new communications technologies.

Georgia Tech’s CACP and the Wireless RERC submitted comments addressing various aspects of inclusive and accessible technologies, including:

  • Research supporting tentative findings that show an increase in readily available and accessible technologies;
  • Information concerning the staffing and training of people who are knowledgeable about assistive technologies and the people who use them;
  • Discrepancies among retail staff and retailer knowledge about assistive technologies and;
  • The lack of accessible alerting systems.

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The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies is sponsored by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under grant number 90RE5007-01-00. The opinions contained in this website are those of the Wireless RERC and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or NIDILRR.