FCC calls for nominations: Fifth Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be receiving nominations for the Fifth Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility until March 31, 2016. The main purpose of this initiative – that will take place on the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act – is to encourage technical innovation and recognize the efforts of public as well as private institutions to make communication tools more accessible for people with cognitive disabilities.

Nominations may be submitted for products, services, technologies and practices that were intended to increase accessibility for people with disabilities in 2015. They must be the result of inventing a new technology, repurposing existing resources or recombining emerging technologies. Some examples may include the development of assistive technologies for the market, standard frameworks or the implementation of strategies to promote best practices.

In order to apply for the award, the submission must include details about the solved challenge, a description of the innovation, date of introduction, information about overall impacts, strategies for continuity and an explanation of why it qualifies for the contest. The winners will be determined based on the date of introduction, the uniqueness or innovation, the impact magnitude, affordability and the potential benefits that FCC recognition may generate for the organization.

For more information access the Official FCC Public Notice

Additional Sources: GAATES , FCC