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911 to expand communication options

Posted by Jane Berliss-Vincent 23 November 2010

Texting is a perfect example of what AoMS is about–a mainstream technology that is seamlessly relevant to one or more groups of people with disabilities, in this case people with hearing or speech disabilities. However, when texting could be most valuable–in emergency situations–it’s been unsupported by 911 call centers. The FCC is aiming to change that by upgrading the system to accept not only text but also digital images, which could be critical for people with communication skills impaired either by disability or the urgency of the situation.

Tech News World: FCC Aims to Bring 911 Into the Modern Era

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  1. Jim Tobias said,

    on January 25th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    NG-911 will accept video calls as well. The FCC has convened its advisory committee on emergency communications, which will deal with this and related issues.

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