Find a mobile device with accessibility features

Smartphones come with many built-in accessibility features that are helpful for people living with disability and those who experience limitations in hearing, vision, dexterity or learning ability.

There are also many mobile apps designed to assist people who have specific accessibility requirements.

The Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI) has been running for over 10 years and was developed by the Mobile & Wireless Forum to provide a central point of information for consumers interested in the various accessibility features of mobile phones, tablets and apps. It also has information on accessibility features of wearables and smart TVs.

You can visit GARI and find out more about various accessibility features available on mobile devices. You can also search their database to find a device that will be suitable based on your particular accessibility needs.

In Australia, the NDIA has funded ACCAN (Australian Communciations Consumer Action Network) and IDEAS to provide the Accessible Telecoms resource. 

Accessible Telecoms provides independent, up-to-date information on mainstream mobile and other assistive telecommunication products suitable for people with disabilities. The service also provides referrals for training, set-up, on-going support and equipment provision.

Accessible Telecoms is a free service that can be used by anyone, including people with disability, their family & carers, service providers and advocates.


Click here to read tips about choosing a mobile based on your accessibility needs.



ARPANSA Statement on 5G Health Claims

ARPANSA has released a statement addressing concerns about misinformation circulating throughout the community about the possible impacts of Australia’s planned roll-out of the 5G mobile network. Contrary to some claims, there are no established health effects from the radio waves that the 5G network uses.


Final NTP results cannot confirm mobile phone cause cancer in humans

The long awaited final results of the decade-spanning US National Toxicology Program on radiofrequency energy exposure has found no consistent effects in male and female mice and rats exposed to mobile phone signals for their whole life (2 years). However, in a sub-section of the study, researchers found that at the highest doses for the longest periods of time, cellphone radiation might cause a rare cancer in male rats. “High exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in rodents resulted in tumours in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, but not female rats or any mice, according to draft studies from the National Toxicology Program (NTP),” said a press release from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences where the program is headquartered.