FCC to host workshop on disabilities and mobile tech access

The FCC announced Monday it would convene a special workshop on expanding disability access to wireless services in early May.

The upcoming forum, scheduled for May 13, follows just days after the commission released a white paper that found only 42 percent of those with disabilities have access to high-speed Internet service.

"This is not acceptable, and we are implementing an ambitious accessibility agenda to ensure that people with disabilities are not left behind," said Joel Gurin, Chief of the FCC's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, soon after that survey was released.

According to the FCC, the May discussion will focus on mobile technology access issues that face the disabled persons community. Panelists, who have not yet been announced, will also present ways in which new technologies can address those needs.