FCC Chairman Pai Honors Innovators In Accessibility Communications Technology


Reposted from the Federal Communications Commission’s Press Release

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2017 – Recognizing innovative communications technology designed for people with disabilities, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today announced winners and honorable mentions of the sixth annual Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman’s AAA).

“Communications technology has awe-inspiring power to open doors that have too long been closed to Americans with disabilities,” said Chairman Pai.  “I’m grateful that the FCC can play a role in promoting life-enhancing breakthroughs and encouraging collaborations to fulfill the promise of accessible technologies for millions of Americans.”

The Chairman’s AAA celebrates outstanding private and public sector ventures as part of the Commission’s continuing effort to facilitate ongoing exchanges among the telecommunications industry, assistive technology companies, app developers, government representatives and consumers to share best practices and solutions for accessible communications technologies.

This year’s winners include an app that can caption live conversations, automated image recognition for social media that tags images with descriptive text for those with limited sight, guidelines to script video content in ways that naturally describe on-screen action for those who cannot see it, and an audible video programming interface for people who are blind or visually impaired.  In addition to the four winners, two honorable mentions were chosen.  Awards were presented at a ceremony at today’s M-Enabling Summit (  The award-winning technology was displayed at a reception immediately following the ceremony.


To see the winning applications and accessibility tools visit: Accessibility Communications Technology