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September 15-16, 2005

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Universal Design in Telecommunications: Putting Practice into Policy

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  1. Market Monitoring Report: Consumer Survey Results
  2. Market Monitoring Report: Consumer Survey Results
  3. Market Monitoring Report: Consumer Survey Results
  4. Market Monitoring Report: Consumer Survey Results
  5. Market Monitoring Report: Product Information Results
  6. Market Monitoring Report: Product Information Results
  7. Policy Implications
  8. Policy Implications
  9. Policy Implications

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Market Monitoring Report: Consumer Survey Results


Slide 32 of 39

Market Monitoring Report: Consumer Survey Results

AT Used with Telecom Products – Mobility/Manipulation:

  • Home control system or environmental control unit

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    Market Monitoring Report: Consumer Survey Results

  • Purchasing Channels
  • 21% Consumer electronics chain
  • 16% Office supply store
  • 12% Catalog sales
  • 9% Telephone specialty store

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    Market Monitoring Report: Consumer Survey Results

  • Inaccessible Products
  • 19% Wireless phone
  • 13% Modem
  • 9% Voice mail/IVR system
  • 9% Cordless phone
  • 7% Business phone

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    Market Monitoring Report: Product Information Results

  • Short list of features providing improved accessibility
  • Consumers with disabilities must rely heavily on the AT market
  • Consumers with severe disabilities require compatibility with AT
  • Common accessibility features are not consistently available on all products

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    Market Monitoring Report: Product Information Results

  • Consumers with disabilities must inform themselves
  • Info about accessibility features is not readily available on packaging, collateral material, or from store employees

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    Policy Implications

  • Remove “if readily achievable” from compatibility requirement
  • Develop formal user-centered design process
  • Integrate accessibility and usability into quality system
  • Exploit new technologies

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    Policy Implications

  • Establish clearinghouse of telecom product accessibility information
  • Actively engage industry in accessibility issues
  • Conduct “Market Monitoring Report” every 3 years
  • Conduct Industry Monitoring Report every 5 years

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    Policy Implications



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