FCC Record, Volume 27, No. 7, Pages 5674 to 6652, May 23 - June 15, 2012 Page: 5,724
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Deaf-Blind Solutions - The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010
(CVAA), established a National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, which will launch in the
summer 2012, to distribute communications equipment to low-income individuals who are deaf-blind.
This category will accept nominations on accessible and affordable communications technologies built to
explicitly address the needs of the deaf-blind community.
Video Programming Device Solutions - The CVAA contains various new requirements for video
programming devices to (1) pass through or render closed captions and video description;' and (2) make
available emergency information that is accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. In
addition, the CVAA adopted certain mandates pertaining to the accessibility (by people who are blind or
visually impaired) of user interfaces, on-screen menus and navigational programming guides on video
devices, along with requirements for a button, key, icon, or comparable mechanism designated for easily
activating closed captioning and video description. Finally, the CVAA requires that interconnection
mechanisms used with video devices be able to render closed captions.4 This AAA category seeks
nominations on innovative solutions for these new capabilities.5
Geo-location Solutions - In July 2010, the FCC, White House and Department of Commerce convened a
brainstorming session between technologists and advocates that identified the use of geo-data to advance
travel accessibility as a pressing technological need of persons who are blind or visually impaired. This
category invites solutions to meet this access need.
Mobile Apps - Mobile phone apps offer new ways of achieving accessibility that were not considered
possible just a few years ago. Consumers are increasingly downloading apps for their news,
entertainment, education and other daily purposes. This AAA category seeks nominations on innovative,
affordable and accessible mobile apps for people with disabilities.
Consumer Empowerment Information - This category invites innovations to help consumers navigate
technology choices and options, teach them how to operate and effectively use new technologies, and
help expand the digital literacy of persons with disabilities.
'See Pub. L. No. 111-260, 203 (a) (2010), 47 U.S.C. 303(u).
3 Id at 204, 205; 47 U.S.C. 303(aa); (bb).
4 Id. at 203 (b); 47 U.S.C. 303(z).
5 On April 9, the Commission's Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee ("VPAAC")
submitted a Report containing recommendations on how the Commission should implement these various
device accessibility mandates. This VPAAC Report is available at http:/vpaac.wikispaces.com. On
April 24, 2012, the FCC released Public Notices seeking comments on this Report. See Media Bureau
and Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Seek Comment on Second VPAAC Report: Video
Description andAccess to Emergency Information, Public Notice, DA-12-636 (April 24, 2012) (seeking
comment on the Report's recommendations addressing the capability of video devices to provide video
description and accessible emergency information); Media Bureau and Consumer and Governmental
Affairs Bureau Seek Comment on Second VPAAC Report: User Interfaces, and Video Programming
Guides and Menus, Public Notice, DA 12-635 (April 24, 2012) (seeking comment on the Report's
recommendations addressing the capability of video devices to provide accessible user interfaces, on-
screen menus and navigational guides).
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