FCC recognizes accessible mobile development


The Federal Communications Commission Dec. 5 recognized (.pdf) eight communications technology projects benefiting people with disabilities. Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski will present the projects with Awards for Advancement in Accessibility during a Dec. 19 ceremony at which time the technologies will be demonstrated at FCC headquarters.

Among this year's winners is the Media Access Mobile application, created by Boston public radio station WGBH's national center for accessible media. The app provides synchronized text and audio descriptions in any combination of languages over a WiFi network and displayed on commercially available handheld devices, according to WGBH.

Media Access Mobile uses a browser-based interface to stream video captions or descriptions, according to a video on the technology. "If desired, you can provide the text of the audio decriptions to be used by screen readers and other access technology," says NCAM.

Developing applications with accessibility in mind has been a recent focus of federal agencies.

In September the FCC hosted an event called "Developing with Accessibility" which featured an entire coding room where agency attendees could go to share ideas on and troubleshoot accessible mobile applications.

During the event, the General Services Administration's competition platform, Challenge.gov, also announced 10 challenges around accessibility.

For more:
- read the FCC press release

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