Yesterday, Mobile Future released a white paper assessing the role of mobile and wireless technologies in creating opportunities for the 54 million Americans with disabilities.
The white paper, entitled “Mobile Ability: The Transformational Impact of Wireless Innovation for People with Disabilities,” examines the advancements in mobile devices and services that enhance quality of life and inclusiveness for Americans with disabilities. For this population especially, the personal customization wireless devices offer unleashes new opportunities in employment, health care, education, and emergency response that can be tailored to meet an individual’s unique needs and preferences.
The paper also explores next generation technologies and the future of mobile innovation in this arena, pointing to several key areas where policymakers can make a difference.
Also happening yesterday, the FCC held a workshop on Expanding Disability Access with Wireless Technologies, demonstrating the pertinence of the white paper in today’s telecommunications landscape. The workshop—which focused on consumer-based components of the National Broadband Plan geared toward maximizing adoption among Americans with disabilities—is one of many laudable examples of the FCC’s commitment to increasing broadband capabilities among the disability community.
We are excited to offer this paper at a time that can complement the FCC’s agenda outlined in the National Broadband Plan, while simultaneously informing beneficial products and meaningful policy moving forward.