Winners of US Awards for Advancement in Accessibility announced

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014 10:44am

America’s communications regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced the winners of the 2014 FCC Chairman Awards for Advancement in Accessibility.

The awards, presented at the M-Enabling Summit, seek to recognise innovators who develop communications technology for people with disabilities.

This year, seven award categories were available, including Advanced Communication Services (ACS), Employment Opportunities, Closed Captions, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Mobile Web Browsers, Social Media and Video Description.

The winners were:

Advanced Communication Services (ACS):

Braille Plus 18 (a portable tablet/communication device with an 18-cell Braille display based on the Android operating system).

Closed Captions:

Adobe Primetime (for its Adobe Systems toolset which enables the creation of closed captions on multiple online platforms and devices).

Employment Opportunities:

Texas Multi-Agency Office 2010 Training Collaboration (accessible training modules offering step-by-step instructions for creating captioned videos, MP3 voice recordings and transcripts in Word and PDF formats).

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities:

Game Accessibility Guidelines (game a set of free guidelines to foster access to games for people with disabilities).

Mobile Web Browsers:

Capti Narrator (simplifies mobile Web browsing and makes iOS devices more accessible).

Social Media:

EasyChirp (a free web app that facilitates communicating via Twitter and is optimised for users with disabilities).

Video Description:

YouDescribe and the Descriptive Video Exchange (DVX) (a website and application protocol interface for creating and playing crowd-sourced, synchronized video descriptions of YouTube videos).

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