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FCC’s Clyburn Speaks to the Future of Accessibility

June 6, 2013 — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn addressed the M-Enabling Summit concerning trends in accessible technology. In her address, Clyburn noted that historically, the needs of people with disabilities have been overlooked, stating “it was often years, and sometimes decades before persons with disabilities were given anything remotely approaching equal access to communications like telephones, television and cellphones.” Accordingly, Clyburn emphasized the vital need and unique opportunity to ensure availability and accessibility of broadband and other technologies, including adjustable fonts and color contrasts, speech-to-text, and text-to-speech in cell phones, greater availability of closed captioning and video descriptions, and text-to-911.  Clyburn ended her address by noting that “there are no more excuses not to make products and services accessible, for the tools and technologies are readily available to make this happen.”

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