“Cognitive disabilities” is a term that refers to a broad range of conditions that include intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, severe, persistent mental illness, brain injury, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. According to the website of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, an estimated 28.5 million Americans, more than 9% of the U.S. population, had a cognitive disability in 2012.
The FCC is holding a summit to facilitate discussion of the telecommunication needs of people with cognitive disabilities and effective means of meeting those needs. Panels will include:
An expo of vendors and distributors of assistive technologies will be held during the summit. The expo is aimed at familiarizing participants with available communication technologies to assist individuals with cognitive disabilities.
The meeting will be open to the public and webcast with open captioning at www.fcc.gov/live.
Please visit the website for full agenda and details on how to register.