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PhoneAbility

PhoneAbility was set up in 1995 as the UK Reference Group for the EU COST219 project “Future telecommunications and teleinformatics facilities for disabled and elderly people”. In 2004 it was formally registered as a UK charity. The organisation was closed in 2015.

The objective was to promote accessible Information Communication Technology (ICT) to support the needs of older and disabled people.

PhoneAbility’s members were active advocates for accessible ICT :

The COST 219 UK Reference Group was solely concerned with access to telecommunications since that was the scope of COST 219. More recently technological developments have blurred the boundaries between telecommunications, broadcasting and information technology. PhoneAbility has extended its scope beyond traditional telecommunications into ICT and broadcasting with a focus on accessibility and usability.

PhoneAbility published a number of booklets and reports about telecommunications and disability.

 

Accessibility for visitors

Accessibility for visitorsJohn Gill
2007

Involving people with disabilities in the standardisation process

Involving people with disabilities in standardisation coverJohn Gill
2007

Equal measures: Closing the accessibility gap

Equal measures coverEdited by Tony Shipley & John Gill
2005

Making life easier: How new telecommunication services could benefit people with disabilities

Making life easier coverEdited by John Gill
2005

Restricted communication? What should disabled people expect from OFCOM?

Restricted communication? coverTony Shipley & John Gill
2002
Published by Royal National Institute of the Blind in collaboration with PhoneAbility

Bridging the gap? - Access to telecommunications for all people

Edited by Patrick Roe
2001

Call barred? Inclusive design of wireless systems

Call barred? coverTony Shipley & John Gill
2000
Published by Royal National Institute for the Blind on behalf of PhoneAbility in collaboration with COST 219bis

Telephones - What features do disabled people need?

Telephones coverJohn Gill & Tony Shipley
1999
Published by Royal National Institute for the Blind on behalf of PhoneAbility
supported by Department of Trade and Industry and British Telecommunications plc

Outwardly mobile: What can disabled users expect from UMTS, the new generation in mobile communications?

Outwardly mobileTony Shipley
1999
Published by Royal National Institute for the Blind on behalf of PhoneAbility

Disaster or opportunity? The impact of telecommunications deregulation on people with disabilities

Disaster or opportunity? coverJohn Gill & Tony Shipley
1997

 

Watching mobile television at the Games

Jim Slater
2008

Telecommunications services: Access by disabled people

Tony Shipley
2001

Telecommunications terminals supply - A universal service model

Dr John Gill & Tony Shipley
2001

Telecommunications Charter - The response

Brian Perrett
2001

The Disability Discrimination Act -The European dimension

Tony Shipley
2000

Interference and electro-magnetic compatability

Tony Shipley
2000

Telecommunications Charter

PhoneAbility
1998

Universal Service: What is it and is it important?

Dr John Gill
1996

Hearing aids and telephones

Dr John Gill
1995

Relay services

Dr John Gill
1995

A wider market for digital mobile phones - Meeting the needs of hearing impaired people

The Radio Frequency Hearing Impaired Committee of The Radiocommuncation Agency
edited by M.C. Martin OBE and published by PhoneAbility

 

 



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