CTIA’s AccessWireless.org is the “first stop” for people with disabilities and older generations to find the wireless devices and services to meet their unique needs. With information specifically for people with vision, hearing, mobility and manipulation, speech and cognition impairments, AccessWireless.org offers easy to use guides and tips to help users get the most out of accessible wireless devices and services.
Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping around:
- Know Before You Go: Wireless manufacturers and service providers are constantly working on new accessibility features to fit your needs. Use the “Find a Phone” tool on AccessWireless.org to search for accessible wireless handsets. You can also consult wireless service providers and manufacturers as well as educators and healthcare professionals to help identify features, capabilities and applications that can help someone use wireless.
- Find Your Plan: Wireless service providers offer a wide range of service plans that offer people choices in voice, text and data services. Depending on your or your family’s needs, information is available on the wireless service providers’ websites and customer service representatives are available to help answer questions about selecting the right service, including text and data-only plans.
- Try Before You Buy: Before making a decision, take the time to test out several devices in the store and consider which features you need. Wireless service representatives can even help set up a device for your specific needs. You can also take advantage of any return and exchange policies that allow consumers to try the device and service in their regular setting.
For more information about wireless accessibility, including direct access to accessibility websites, HAC training videos and tips and guides visit www.AccessWireless.org.