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Cell Phone Accessibility

Cell phones have revolutionized life for most people, but for people with vision loss, finding a cell phone that they can use is nearly impossible. For example, features such as keys that can be identified by touch, displays that can be read by people with limited vision and phones with speech output for people who cannot read the phone's display are not widely available. Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 requires cell phones and phone services to be designed to be accessible for people with disabilities. However, far too many cell phone manufacturers and carriers are not taking seriously their accessibility obligation.


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Access on Hold: Cell Phones and the Law

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Cell Phone Accessibility Overview

This cell phone accessibility overview was prepared by the AFB Technical Center in Huntington (AFBTECH), WV.

Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996

Section 255: Resources

American Foundation for the Blind

Cell Phone Accessibility Expectations of Consumers with Vision Loss

Selected Articles on Cell Phone Accessibility from AccessWorld®

AFB's Blog

People with vision loss can't use most cell phones. It's time to change that.

More on AFB's Campaign to Make Cell Phones Accessible

NY Times Helps Publicize Accessibility Issues

Hope for iPhone Access!?


This page was updated on January 13, 2012.

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