Late notice, but today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is hosting a free livestreamed summit to discuss telecommunication needs of people with cognitive disabilities and how we can meet them.
Cognitive disabilities refers to a wide range of conditions including:
- Intellectual disability
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Severe, mental illness
- Brain injury, stroke
- Alzheimer’s and other dementias
The Summit on Telecommunication Needs of People with Cognitive Disabilities livestream has open captioning and runs from 9:00am to around 4:00pm Eastern Daylight Time.
Representatives from the FCC Disability Rights Office, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities, Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, University of Delaware, Temple University, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Association of University Centers on Disability will give presentations and join three panels discussing:
- Communication Technologies for Independent Living
- Emergency Preparedness/Living in the Community Safely
- Ensuring and Funding Access to Equipment, Training and Broadband
I’ve been watching the livestream this morning, and have enjoyed hearing about technologies that enable communications and make social interactions easier for people with cognitive disabilities.
In his address, Tom Wheeler, chairman of the FCC, spoke about the broadband revolution and the the new opportunities it offers to tackle problems:
We’re sitting in a unique period of time where technology has opened the door for innovative solutions.
If you’re watching on livestream, and have questions for speakers or panelists, send email to email@example.com.
You can also follow the event on Twitter at #FCCLive.