June 8, 1995
NYNEX CONTACT: Media Relations,
NYNEX Makes Yellow Pages Available to Internet Users with Vision Impairments
MIDDLETON, MA -- NYNEX Interactive Yellow
Pages(TM) on the Internet's World Wide Web http://www.niyp.com is
now accessible to computer users with vision impairments, offering convenient
access to business listings and Web sites in the northeast United States.
The new capability enables a visually impaired person, using a screen
reader, to access the names, addresses, and phone numbers of nearly every
business in New York and New England, from NYNEX's 2.1 million business listings
in its 280 Yellow Pages directories. Additionally, the service enables Internet
users to link with the Web sites of more than 400 of those businesses with sound
and advanced searching capabilities.
"NYNEX is committed to developing services that help all customers
communicate, and to eliminating barriers to information services faced by
those who are physically challenged," said Mat Stover, president and chief
executive officer, NYNEX Information Resources Company.
"NYNEX has taken the lead in recognizing that people with vision
impairments, who use computers, are part of their market base," said Deborah
Kaplan, vice president of the World Institute on Disability, and member of
President Clinton's National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council.
"NYNEX Interactive Yellow Pages greatly increases the amount of directory
information available to people with vision impairments."
Service users with vision impairments will find NYNEX Interactive Yellow
Pages on the Web well organized and easy to navigate. Designed for use with a
screen reader, NYNEX Interactive Yellow Pages' `text-only' option replaces
graphics and icons on the service's Web home page.
The service is organized by familiar A-Z shopping headings much like
traditional Yellow Pages directories. It also features a "Top 25 Headings
Search" so that users can easily access the most popular headings, and a
"Hot Sites" list of new and exciting Web sites listed on the service.
Today's announcement is the latest example of NYNEX's long-standing
commitment to provide assistive technology to customers with special
The NYNEX Communications Center for People with Disabilities offers
information, equipment, and services to customers who are visually, verbally,
or hearing impaired. They include teletypewriter devices for the deaf, braille
or large print bills for visually impaired customers, and "Dial Operator
Privileges" for those who have difficulty dialing telephone numbers.
Businesses and consumers can learn more about NYNEX Interactive Yellow
Pages and its capability for access by the visually impaired either by
accessing NYNEX's Web site at http://www.niyp.com, or by calling
NYNEX Information Resources Co., based in Middleton, Mass., is a leading
provider of printed, online, interactive, and CD-ROM directory and data
base information services. Available on the Internet, DELPHI Internet(TM),
PRODIGY, and via the French Minitel system, NYNEX's electronic products and
services are offered in more than 40 countries worldwide.
NYNEX is a global communications and media company that provides
a full range of services in the northeastern United States and
high-growth markets around the world, including the United Kingdom,
Thailand, Gibraltar, Greece, Indonesia, the Philippines, Poland,
Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
The Corporation is a leader in the telecommunications, wireless communications,
cable television, directory publishing
and entertainment and information services.
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