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Mobile accessibility? where are we today?

Vienna, 3 December 2015: The International Day for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a good opportunity to take stock on where we are with the accessibility of mobile phones, tablets and apps.

Statistics released today by the Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF) for the Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI) show that:

  • Almost half of consumers look for devices with features that will assist with a hearing impairment, closely followed by devices with features designed to assist those with impaired vision.

  • Hearing-aid compatibility, improved call quality, adjustable alerts and maximum volume control are among the most searched for features; and

  • 30 organisations around the world are currently using GARI, helping consumers to search for and find phones best suited to their needs.


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