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UPDATE: THIS FILE LAST EDITED 7-2013+

WIRELESS

PHONES

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A PUBLICATION FROM THE...

SIGHT LOSS

INFORMATION

DETECTIVE


.....ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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SHOULD THE READER WANT TO SUGGEST ANY ADDITIONS OR CORRECTIONS FOR THIS BULLETIN, PLEASE SEND YOUR IDEAS - GO TO LINK, SEND A MESSAGE, NEAR THE TOP OF THIS WEBPAGE.

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NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ENDORSEMENT OR RECOMMENDATION, AND IS PRESENTED SIMPLY AS A CONVENIENCE TO THE READER. BECAUSE OF THE CHANGING AVAILABILITY OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, THE COMPLETENESS OF THIS LISTING IS NOT GUARANTEED.

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IN ADDITION TO THE VISION LOSS COMMUNITY, BOTH MOBILITY LOSS AND ELDERLY INDIVIDUALS MAY FIND THE FOLLOWING OF IMPORTANCE.

FROM TIME TO TIME OUR LIVES MAY BE NEGATIVELY AFFECTED BY A NATURAL OR MAN-MADE DISASTER:

1. WIND STORM
2. THUNDER STORM
3. ICE STORM
4. EARTHQUAKE
5. WILD FIRE
6. FLOOD
7. VOLCANO
8. TSUNAMI
9. SNOW STORM
10. TERRORISM
11. HEAT WAVE
12. TORNADO
13. BROWNOUT OR BLACKOUT
14. HURRICANE

SUBSEQUENTLY, THERE IS OFTEN A POWER OUTAGE, AND SOMETIMES TRANSPORTATION INTERRUPTIONS.

ALSO, LAND-LINE TELEPHONE SERVICE AND CELL-PHONE TOWERS CAN EVEN BE LOST BRIEFLY OR FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD.

A BATTERY-POWERED BACK-UP METHOD OF COMMUNICATIONS IS A PRUDENT PRECAUTION TO PROTECT AGAINST ISOLATION AND INSURE THE ABILITY TO:

1. GET MEDICAL HELP
2. SUMMON FIRE-POLICE AID
3. NOTIFY UTILITY PROVIDERS
4. VERIFY GARBAGE PICKUP
5. CALL FAMILY-FRIENDS
6. PHONE EMPLOYER OR EMPLOYEES
7. ORDER URGENT SUPPLIES
8. ARRANGE NEEDED REPAIRS
9. CONTACT A PERSONAL ASSISTANT

EITHER A CELLULAR OR DIGITAL OR SATELLITE MOBILE PHONE IS THE TECHNOLOGY SAFETY-NET IN CASE A HOME OR BUSINESS TELEPHONE STOPS WORKING, HOWEVER, CAREFULLY CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING FOR ANY WIRELESS TELEPHONE:

1. EQUIPMENT EXPENSE
2. PROGRAMMING FEE
3. ACTIVATION CHARGE
4. MONTHLY RATE
5. DAILY MINIMUM
6. PREPAID MINUTES

7. PER-MINUTE SURCHARGE
8. MAIL-ORDERING BILL
9. EQUIPMENT ACCESSIBILITY...
A. ACCESS FCC

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
PHONE: 1-888-225-5322
WEBSITE: WWW DOT FCC DOT GOV / ACCESSIBILITY CLEARINGHOUSE

B. ACCESS INDUSTRY

CELLULAR TELEPHONE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
PHONE: 1-202-736-3200
WEBSITE: WWW DOT ACCESS WIRELESS DOT ORG

C. SEE SUGGESTED ACCESS FEATURES BELOW

BESIDES BEING A SMART SAFETY TOOL, A MOBLE PHONE CAN ALSO BE A GOOD PERSONAL SECURITY AID. KEEPING A CARRY-WITH-YOU TELEPHONE WHETHER AT-HOME OR ON-THE-ROAD IS A SMART CALL-FOR-HELP TOOL.

BESIDES THE ARRAY OF ACCESSIBLE APPLE AND ANDROID DEVICES, THE FOLLOWING ARE NATIONWIDE AND OFFSHORE PHONE PRODUCTS WITH MANY BUILT-IN ACCESS FEATURES:

• JITTERBUG ONE-TOUCH
- CONCAVE BUTTONS FOR PRESSING ACCURACY
- 3 LARGE BUTTONS = OPERATOR, 911 AND SPEED-DIAL
- 4 MEDIUM BUTTONS = ON-OFF, UP-DOWN, YES AND NO
- PRESS OPERATOR TO EDIT YOUR PHONE NUMBERS LIST
- PRESS OPERATOR TO DIAL ANY PHONE NUMBER
- PRESS SPEED-DIAL FOR NUMBER YOU ASSIGN
- VOLUME CONTROL FOR RINGER AND CALLS

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT...

GREAT CALLS
PHONE: 1-800-918-8543
WEBSITE: WWW DOT GO JITTERBUG DOT COM

• THE COOP
- BIG KEYPAD
- EASY-TO-READ SCREEN

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT...

VERIZON WIRELESS NATIONAL ACCESSIBILITY CENTER
PHONE: 1-888-262-1999
WEBSITE: WWW DOT VERIZON WIRELESS DOT COM

• GEORGIE SMART PHONE FOR THE BLIND
- A SIRI ALTERNATIVE

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT...

WEBSITE: WWW DOT SIGHT AND SOUND DOT CO DOT UK

• BIG BUTTON MOBILE PHONE
- LARGE KEYS
- MAGNIFYING KEY
- BUILT-IN RADIO
- SPEED DIALING

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT...

BIERLEY ASSOCIATES
PHONE: 1-800-985-0535
WEBSITE: WWW DOT BIERLEY DOT COM

• SMART PHONE + MOBILE PROVIDER FOR THE BLIND

FOR MORE INFORMATION...

WEBSITE: WWW DOT PROJECT RAY DOT COM PLUS, THE FOLLOWING IS A GOOD RESOURCE:

SAN FRANCISCO LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND
- CELL PHONE SEMINARS, 5-9-2007 AND 3-24-2009
- AUDIO PRESENTATION AND SHOW NOTES
PHONE: 1-888-400-8933
WEBSITE: WWW DOT LIGHTHOUSE - SF DOT ORG

OTHER RESOURCES:
AT&T CENTER FOR CUSTOMERS WITH DISABILITIES
- 1-800-222-0300

QWEST CENTER FOR CUSTOMERS WITH DISABILITIES
- 1-800-223-3131

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WIRELESS PHONE ACCESS...

A. HARDWARE CHECKLIST:

- RAISED KEYS
- SPACED KEYS (TACTILE SEPARATION)
- SIZE OF KEYS
- CONCAVE KEYS
- KEY #5 LOCATOR DOT
- TOUCH KEYPAD (OPTIONAL ADD-ON)

B. SOFTWARE CHECKLIST:

- KEY ECHO (KEY PRESSED ANNOUNCED)
- ONE-TOUCH DIALING (SPEED DIALING)
- VOICE DIALING (VOICE RECOGNITION)
- SPEECH OUTPUT (VIDEO DISPLAY SPOKEN)
- ENLARGED TEXT (VIDEO DISPLAY FONTS)
- 911 AND 411 SERVICES

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THE U.S. ACCESS BOARD PUBLISHES TELECOMMUNICATION STANDARDS WHICH INCLUDE PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS OF WIRELESS PHONES PURCHASED FOR FEDERAL VISION LOSS EMPLOYEES.
- RELEVANT EXCERPTS FROM SECTION 508, PART 1194.23:

E. .......USERS WHO CANNOT SEE DISPLAYS.

K. (1) .......KEYS SHALL BE TACTILELY DISCERNIBLE.......
K. (4) .......DISCERNIBLE EITHER THROUGH TOUCH OR SOUND.

U.S. ACCESS BOARD
PHONE: 1-800-872-2253

• ONLINE RESOURCES...

1. ACCESSIBLE CELL PHONE INFO
SITE: WWW DOT ETO ENGINEERING DOT COM

2. BLACKBERRY ACCESS COMMUNITY
SITE: WWW DOT BB ACCESS DOT ORG

3. BLIND MOBILE TECH
SITE: WWW DOT BLIND MOBILE TECH DOT COM

4. CELLULAR TELEPHONE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
SITE: WWW DOT ACCESS WIRELESS DOT ORG

5. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
SITE: WWW DOT BUY ACCESSIBLE DOT GOV

6. MOBILE ACCESS
SITE: WWW DOT MOBILE ACCESS DOT ORG

REMEMBER, THE FAST EVOLUTION OF SMART CELL PHONES MEANS TO BE A SMART CONSUMER ALWAYS SURVEY EACH RELATED VENDOR FOR THE LATEST PRODUCTS AND APPS BEFORE MAKING AN ACCESSIBILITY PURCHASE.

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