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- Broadband Consumer Context (9/9/09)
- Health Care (9/15/09)
- The Role of Content in the Broadband Ecosystem (9/17/09)
- Spectrum (9/17/09)
- Cyber Security (9/30/09)
- Diversity and Civil Rights Issues in Broadband Policy (10/2/09)
- Economic Issues in Broadband Competition (10/9/09)
- Broadband Accessibility for People with Disabilities II: Barriers, Opportunities and Policy Recommendations (10/20/09)
- Capitalization Strategies for Small and Disadvantaged Businesses (11/12/09)
- Future Fiber Architectures and Local Deployment Choices (11/19/09)
- Research Recommendations for the Broadband Task Force (11/23/09)
- Lessons for the National Broadband Plan from Local Officials Representing Under-served Communities (12/9/09)
- Global Broadband Connects America and the World: Infrastructure, Services and Applications (12/10/09)
- Review and Discussion of Broadband Deployment Research (12/10/09)
- Broadband and New Media Strategies for Minority Radio (1/26/10)
- The Broadband Availability Gap (5/6/10)
Workshop: Broadband Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities
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Share Your Ideas on Developing the National Broadband Plan.
The goal of the workshop is to promote an open dialogue between the FCC, people with disabilities, advocates for people with disabilities, service providers, and other groups that have a stake in the future of broadband and its accessibility for people with disabilities.
Persons with disabilities already benefit from broadband Internet applications. For instance, accessibility software allows a blind person to “hear” what’s written in text on a computer monitor. Video Relay Service allows a deaf or hard of hearing person to use sign language to converse with a person who does not. Access to broadband Internet promotes telework options for people with mobility or health issues. The workshop will explore, among other things, additional ways in which access to broadband may benefit persons with disabilities.
The following are some of the preliminary topics that will be covered at this workshop. If you would like to discuss any other topics, please send us your suggestions.
- Challenges persons with disabilities face in gaining access to broadband services
- The potential for broadband services (including Internet-based telecommunications relay services) to enhance the communications options available to persons with disabilities
- Economic, educational, and other benefits of making broadband services more available to persons with disabilities
- Methods to incorporate universal design features into equipment and software to ensure that they are accessible
- Experiences about ways to serve individuals with disabilities through broadband
- Funding from other sources that can help drive broadband adoption among persons with disabilities
- Use of broadband to drive health care, education and job training to persons with disabilities
|9:30 am||Welcome and Introductions Blair Levin, Executive Director, Omnibus Broadband Initiative
Cheryl J. King, Deputy Chief, Disability Rights Office, FCC
|10:00 am||Town Hall
FCC staff will pose questions to the audience in three categories:
|11:30 am||Open Microphone for Comments from the Audience
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