Comcast’s Accessible and Assistive Technology

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As part of October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Comcast NBCUniversal has partnered with The Arc, a U.S.-based intellectual and developmental disability rights advocacy organization with over 700 chapters, in creating Tech ToolBox. This database provides information on almost 500 products and apps to improve persons with developmental or intellectual disabilities’ quality of life.

It is an interactive app and users can add their own tools to the database, sorting by features, age group, user needs, price and goals. Some featured tools are expensive, but almost 250 are under $5 or free. For example, Tobii Dyvanox Compass Software helps non-verbal users communicate through symbols, pictures, words, and phrases. The database offers a mix of assistive and accessible technologies.

Explore the entire toolbox here.

So far, Comcast NBC Universal has committed $3.7 million over the next three years to assist with this project, among others. They will also partner to provide six Digital Literacy Learning Labs for persons with disabilities throughout the United States each year for the next two years.

Comcast demonstrated Tech ToolBox at The Arc’s National Convention in Indianapolis, held between October 3-5, along with their other initiatives for persons with disabilities such as The Talking Guide for X1.

For more information on television/video programming accessibility see ITU’s Model ICT Accessibility Policy Report.

Read more about Comcast’s television accessibility features here.

Source: Fred Maahs, Comcast Foundation, The Arc Tech ToolBox, The Arc