Global project to improve access to mobiles for disabled and elderly

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.

Launch of Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative

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.

Global project to improve access to mobiles for disabled and elderly

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.

Independent Disability Equipment Feasibility Study

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!

TEITAC Report for US Access Board

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.

Making mobile devices more accessible to all

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.

Mobiles just got more accessible

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.

US survey on accessibility shows rise in use and importance of wireless devices in daily lives

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).

Hearing help for mobile phone users

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.

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Mobile tips for Schoolies

Most schoolies will be keeping in touch with parents via their mobiles and so we think it's important that parents stay engaged via SMS or social media with their kids so that they know they can reach out for help if they do get caught in a sticky situation.

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Flexibility in Network Deployment Regulations

The Department of Communications and the Arts has just completed its public consultation on a suite of amendments to the regulatory framework governing carriers’ deployment of mobile network infrastructure. AMTA joined Communications Alliance in welcoming the opportunity to provide comment on the DoCA consultation paper.

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Spectrum Reform - Radcomms Bill 2017

AMTA and Communications Alliance made a joint submission in response to the Department of Communications and the Art’s consultation on the Exposure Draft of the Radiocommunications Bill 2017, as well the Department’s consultation papers on spectrum pricing and Government spectrum holdings.

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2G Networks are Switching Off

Telstra and Optus have switched off their 2G mobile networks  and  Vodafone's 2G network will turn off at end of March 2018. Remaining 2G customers will need to either upgrade their SIM or handset to continue to receive service.