RAZ Mobility (www.razmobility.com),
a provider of mobile assistive technology, is announcing the launch of
the Lucia phone. Lucia is an easy-to-use basic mobile phone specifically
designed to address the unique needs of people who are blind, low vision
or hard of hearing. Someone who is completely blind can use Lucia just
as fully and effectively as someone who is sighted.
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The Lucia cell phone is fully accessible offering features such as tactile buttons and a Voice Guide (Photo: Business Wire)
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, approximately 9
percent of adults in the United States have difficulty seeing even with
glasses or contact lenses. Among adults over 85 years of age, that
number increases to 23.5 percent. And the National Institutes of Health
reports that approximately 15 percent of American adults have at least
some trouble hearing. Lucia has been engineered from the ground up to
help these underserved populations.
“Lucia is a fully accessible mobile phone with unique features such as
large tactile buttons in different colors and shapes, a voice guide to
inform the user of what is on the screen and what buttons have been
pressed, ergonomic design and a SOS button,” said Robert Felgar, CEO of
RAZ Mobility. “These features offer individuals with vision loss the
ability to access every function of the phone with unparalleled ease.
Lucia is perfect for seniors, such as blind veterans, and others who
want accessibility combined with simplicity.” RAZ Mobility has partnered
with the Swiss Lucia phone manufacturer to offer this exceptional
solution in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The phone’s voice guide is available in English, Spanish and more than
ten other languages so that it can be enjoyed by English and non-English
speakers alike. It also has a large, high-contrast display with enlarged
text, as well as the option to amplify the audio with the press of a
button. Lucia is an unlocked 3G mobile phone and confirmed to work on
U.S. carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, and compatible GSM networks such
as Cricket Wireless, Red Pocket Mobile, Straight Talk and Metro by
T-Mobile. An unlocked 4G phone will be available in the future.
Nermin Selimic, COO at RAZ Mobility said, “As a provider of advanced
mobile assistive technology we realized that there was no easy-to-use
mobile phone available for individuals who are blind or low vision. In
its 2018 report to Congress on accessibility, the Federal Communications
Commission similarly concluded that there has been ‘little, if any,
progress’ with respect to the ‘accessibility of non-smartphones.’ The
Lucia phone is designed to fill this gap. In addition to consumers, many
mobile providers worldwide have expressed interest in offering an
accessible basic mobile phone to their customers.”
RAZ Mobility is the exclusive distributor for the United States and
Canada, and is offering the phone to consumers, State government
agencies, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, wireless
providers, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.
The Lucia phone can now be ordered at www.razmobility.com/solutions/lucia/
About RAZ Mobility
RAZ Mobility offers unique and cutting-edge mobile assistive technology
solutions for people with disabilities. These solutions take the form of
mobile applications, mobile devices or software bundled with mobile
RAZ Mobility offers its solutions to consumers, the United States
Department of Veterans Affairs, State Equipment Distribution programs,
other government agencies, senior and assisted living providers,
schools, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies. Learn more
about RAZ Mobility at www.razmobility.com.