Accessibility for the Disabled

To allow Americans with disabilities to experience the benefits of broadband, hardware, software, services and digital content must be accessible and assistive technologies must be affordable.

Justice Department to Publish Final Rule to Strengthen Web and Mobile App Access for People with Disabilities

Attorney General Merrick Garland signed a final rule under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure the accessibility of web content and mobile applications (apps) for people with disabilities. This final rule clarifies the obligations of state and local governments to make their websites and mobile applications accessible.

Federal Communications Commissioner Gomez Remarks on Proceedings Impacting Consumers at February Meeting

At today’s meeting, I voted on two consumer issues—to ask cable programmers, and television and radio stations for their help to achieve the critical goal of providing timely information about emergencies to the public, in a language they can understand; and to clarify that consumers can opt-out of call or text lists using any reasonable means and may respond in the language in which they received the communication.

FCC Proposes Solution to Expand Multilingual Emergency Alerts

The Federal Communications Commission proposed rules that would make it easier for emergency managers to send emergency alerts in non-English languages to the public over television and radio. The proposal would remove a key barrier to sending multilingual messages through the Emergency Alert System, which could in turn spur more alerts that are accessible to more people—and potentially save lives. In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking adopted February 15, the Commission is seeking comment on proposals to:

FCC Seeks Comment on Multilingual Wireless Emergency Alerts

The Federal Communications Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau seeks comment on specific mechanisms to implement multilingual Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). Through these measures, the Bureau advances the priority that WEA serve as an effective and accessible life-saving tool for many, including the millions of people living in the United States who do not primarily speak English or Spanish and the estimated one-in-four adults in the United States that have some form of disability who remain at risk for not being able to receive and understand the potentially life-savi

Strengthening Digital Accessibility and the Management of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act

This memorandum provides guidance to help agencies advance digital accessibility by maintaining an accessible Federal technology environment, promoting accessible digital experiences, and continuing the implementation of accessibility standards in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Members of the public and Federal employees should have equitable access to government, regardless of ability. The prevalence of information technology and the growing necessity of it in daily life make digital accessibility a continuing imperative for Federal agencies.

Digital inaccessibility: Blind and low-vision people have powerful technology but still face barriers to the digital world

There are 8 million people with blindness or low vision in the US. More than 4.23 million of them are working age, but only about half of that working-age population are employed. Employment rates for people with blindness or low vision have historically been much lower than for the general population. An overwhelming majority of jobs across all industries require digital skills.


Federal Communications Commission

Tue, 01/30/2024 - 09:00 to 12:00

At this meeting, Disability Advisory Committee members are expected to (i) discuss a working group report and recommendation on the transmittal of audio description files to Internet Protocol programming; (ii) receive updates from the working groups on quality Telecommunications Relay Services for individuals with multiple disabilities, and best practices for the use of artificial intelligence to caption live video programming; and (iii) any other topics relevant to the DAC’s work.  

Federal Communications Commission Proposes 100 Percent of Mobile Phones Be Hearing Aid Compatible

The Federal Communications Commission proposed that 100 percent of wireless handsets—namely mobile phones and smartphones—offered for sale in the United States be fully compatible with hearing aids. The FCC is committed to ensuring that all Americans, including those with hearing loss, are able to access communications services on an equal basis.

Alaska's Plan to Address Broadband Adversity

laska’s residents know what adversity looks like when it comes to accessing high-speed internet. The scale of unserved and underserved communities across Alaska is an obstacle to community and economic development, particularly for Tribal and rural communities. With federal resources and strong collaboration with Tribal partners, the nonprofit sector serving Alaska’s most vulnerable communities, and cities and boroughs, the State of Alaska is working toward changing this landscape.

FCC December 2023 Open Meeting Agenda

Here’s what to expect at the Federal Communications Commission's December open meeting.

  • We’re going after junk fees that harm consumers and hamper competition.
  • We’re cracking down on illegal robotexts.
  • We’re making smartphones more accessible to consumers with hearing loss.
  • We’re removing barriers to broadband deployment.
  • We’re improving health care in rural communities.
  • We’re protecting consumer data.
  • We’re protecting local TV programming.
  • We will also consider an item from our Enforcement Bureau.