Awards for Advancement in Accessibility

Federal Communications Commission
December 19, 2012

Eight projects representing significant innovation in communications technology benefitting people with disabilities will receive the FCC’s Chairman’s , presented by Chairman Julius Genachowski during a ceremony at 2 pm on Dec. 19 at FCC headquarters.

Awards will be presented for the development of mainstream or assistive technologies, the development of standards, and the implementation of best practices that foster accessibility. The awards focus on six categories: Consumer Empowerment Information; Mobile Applications; Civic Participation Solutions; Education: College or University; Video Programming; and Geo-Location Solutions. In addition to the winners in these categories, two honorable mentions will also be recognized.

The Chairman’s 2012 AAA 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 Chairman’s 2012 AAA Honorable Mentions are:

  • Civic Participation -- Google+ Hangouts
  • Mobile Applications -- Virtual Braille Keyboard

The winning projects will be displayed in the FCC’s Technology Experience Center along with other cutting-edge technologies that provide access to persons with disabilities from Dec. 19-31. The Technology Experience Center is open to the public and offers the opportunity for visitors to experiment with these technologies.

The awards ceremony is free and open to the public. Individuals interested in attending this event are asked to send an RSVP to [email protected]. Please include your name, title, organization affiliation (if any), and contact information in the e-mail.