AccessWireless.org Helps People with Disabilities Find a Cellphone
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 57 million Americans are living with a disability, representing nearly 50 percent of all adults 65 and over. The ability to communicate is vital , so through CTIA’s AccessWireless.org, consumers may find the best wireless device that meets their unique needs using GARI (Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative).
A voluntary initiative from the wireless industry, AccessWireless.org visitors may select the accessibility functions and features needed (e.g., hearing aid compatibility, Braille, voice control, etc.). The user is then provided with the best mobile device options for their needs.
Created for people with disabilities, seniors and their families, AccessWireless.org helps individuals with hearing, vision, mobility and manipulation, speech and cognition disabilities with resources such as guides and lists of wireless carrier accessibility services.
CTIA-The Wireless Association® is an international nonprofit membership organization that has represented the wireless communications industry since 1984. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products.
The association advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. CTIA also coordinates the industry’s voluntary efforts to provide consumers with a variety of choices and information regarding their wireless products and services. This includes the voluntary industry guidelines; programs that promote mobile device recycling and reusing; and wireless accessibility for individuals with disabilities.