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AT&T Launches Corporate Accessibility Technology Office and Further Expands Commitment to Customers with Disabilities

Christopher Rice Named Chief Accessibility Officer for AT&T

Dallas, Texas, December 20, 2012

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.”