Wireless Technology and 508

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


What are common accessibility barriers to users of wireless technology? (i.e., cell phones, smartphones, tablets, eReaders and other mobile devices.) What has the wireless industry done to address accessibility? What resources exist to find out which devices are more accessible? Which 508 standards apply to wireless technology? This webinar will be valuable for users with disabilities, 508 practitioners and IT professionals involved in making wireless device selections and decisions. It will provide basic information about the wide range of wireless devices and accessibility. The 508 standards can be challenging to apply to this area of technology since they were developed when telephones were primarily used for two-way voice communication. Today wireless telephones may incorporate many features, such as two-way voice communication, texting, web surfing, game playing and content creation. In addition, these features may be found in a variety of platforms for smartphones and tablets. This session will examine the relevant Section 508 standards and will provide information on resources available to research the accessibility features of specific wireless products. The FCC Clearinghouse on Accessible Products will be discussed as well as the Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative . The webinar will also include tips for evaluating wireless products. The recommended audience is Chief Information Officers, Chief Acquisition Officers, Agency policy-makers, IT professionals, 508 practitioners and employees with disabilities.

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Timothy Creagan, Senior Accessibility Specialist/Information Technology, US Access Board

Ben Lippincott, Industry Relations Manager, Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center

Jamal Mazrui, Manager, Accessibility Clearinghouse, Federal Communications Commission