A new global information service to help people with disabilities or functional limitations find suitable mobile phones was launched in Australia today. The mobile phone industry, in response to requests from disability groups for improved information regarding disability, has developed a worldwide information service for reporting the accessibility features of mobile phones.
TEDICORE welcomes an industry initiative by the Mobile Manufacturers Forum in partnership with the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) to make it easier for people with disabilities to find the right mobile phone to meet their needs.
The Rudd Government today welcomed industry efforts to improve the accessibility of mobile communications services for the aged and people with disabilities.
Pictured above are: Michael Milligan (MMF), Gunela Astbrink (TEDICORE), Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and Chris Althaus (AMTA) at the GARI launch. A new global information service to help people with disabilities or functional limitations find suitable mobile phones was launched in Parliament House on Wednesday this week with AMTA partnering the Mobile Manufacturers Forum in the initiative. The mobile phone industry, in response to requests from disability groups for improved information regarding disability, has developed a worldwide information service for reporting the accessibility features of mobile phones.
A new global information service to help people with disabilities or functional limitations find suitable mobile phones was launched in Australia today.
At the Signposts for Change: People with Disabilities and Telecommunications Forum in Melbourne on 16 February 2009, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, announced that he had asked his Department to undertake a feasibility study into whether a disability equipment program independent of carriers should be established. The study included the possibility that mobile phones (+ accessories/software) and Internet access could be included in an independent Disability Equipment Program!
In July 2006, the US Access Board set up TEITAC (Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee) to review and update what constitutes accessibility in various areas, including communication and information technologies.
AMTA contracted the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) to characterize the interactions between GSM 1800 MHz digital mobile telephones and hearing aids. NAL had previously conducted similar studies on the interaction of GSM 900 MHz.
There is an estimated 600 million people worldwide who have a recognised disabiltiy and others wilth needs for improved accessibility, in the areas of vision, hearing, speech, mobilitiy, cognition, or old age. Nokia, a member of AMTA, has developed an Accessiblity Guide booklet which aims to help both consumers with a disability and mobile phone retailers work together to find accessible and appropriate mobile phones.
The release of the Nokia Accessibility Guide is one example of the strong commitment across the industry to making mobile communications available and accessible to everyone.
Mirroring a trend among the general public, an increasing number of people with disabilities regularly use wireless technologies, including cell phones – and find them easier to use. But a number of people with disabilities cite a need for improved functionality of wireless devices, such as a feature to enable service dogs to call for help in an emergency, according to the initial results of a survey funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).
Minister for Human Services Senator Chris Ellison today visited Australian Hearing’s Cannington office to mark the agency’s 60th anniversary and to launch a new brochure advising people on how to get maximum benefits when using mobile phones. Senator Ellison was joined by Federal member for Tangney Dennis Jensen and Federal Member for Hasluck Stuart Henry.
This Guide was developed and tested with input from members of the mobile phone industry, relevant regulatory bodies and organisations representing people with disabilities.
GARI helps consumers find a device with the accessibility features that work best for their particular needs.
The UK is moving ahead with the roll-out of 5G technologies and application with an announcement that the UK Government will fund six 5G pilot programs across the country to the value of £25m.
Report from Deloitte Access Economics on 5G - the next generation of mobile telecommunications.
See a video demonstration of how 5G will improve latency - network reaction time.