DALLAS, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of AT&T's* ongoing commitment to ensure that customers with disabilities are able to enjoy the opportunities that modern technology affords, the company is launching a new Corporate Accessibility Technology Office that is designed to promote accessibility in AT&T's products and services. The organization will be led by Christopher Rice, who has been named AT&T's first Chief Accessibility Officer.
From early work on relay services to current offerings such as the award winning U-verse® Easy Remote and AT&T Mobile Accessibility Lite, AT&T's commitment to supporting people with disabilities spans decades. This new corporate structure will help ensure accessibility remains a top priority into the future as well as add defined accountability into the corporate governance structure to advance AT&T's efforts in this important field.
"Accessibility at AT&T is about more than just meeting the needs of our customers with disabilities, it is also about continuing to innovate and staying competitive," says Christopher Rice, AT&T Chief Accessibility Officer. "Our work on accessibility has led to innovative products and services that improve the lives of all of our customers and I am honored to be leading the charge to continue these efforts."
"AT&T demonstrates its commitment to accessibility by working closely with the disability community to identify areas for improvement," says Claude Stout, Executive Director of Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. Stout further adds, "With its open-door policy, this new office will help ensure that AT&T's efforts continue to be a model for the industry, and we encourage other Fortune 500 companies to follow AT&T's example."
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's largest 4G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T │DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.
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