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SPRINT TEAMS UP WITH WORLD INSTITUTE ON DISABILITY TO OFFER DISABLED GROUPS ACCESS TO GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK

 SPRINT TEAMS UP WITH WORLD INSTITUTE ON DISABILITY TO OFFER
 DISABLED GROUPS ACCESS TO GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK
 LOS ANGELES, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- In support of National Consumers Week, Sprint (NYSE: FON) announced today that it will provide free access for five national organizations to WIDNet, a worldwide electronic network providing services specially developed to respond to the needs and interests of the disabled.
 WIDNet, based in Oakland, Calif., is available to over 4 million subscribers worldwide, and provides 24-hour computer access to services such as: a data base that includes information on legislation, the Federal Register, current events and issues that affect those with disabilities, public and private forums, and a comprehensive document library of disability-related laws, regulations, articles and publications. The network, which was introduced in February 1992, is in operation 365 days a year.
 Sprint will sponsor free WIDNet access to five disability organizations for one year. They are: Alliance for Technology Access, American Council for the Blind, Gallaudet University's Office of Technology Assessment, Paraquad Center for Independent Living in St. Louis and Telecommunications for the Deaf.
 Other consumer-focused projects launched by Sprint in conjunction with National Consumers Week, Oct. 25-31, include:
 -- SPRINTLINE Consumer Tips. Through its own distribution network, Sprint will begin offering important consumer tips on issues beyond telephone services in SPRINTLINE, an information newsletter for its customers. The tips will be provided by leading national consumer groups and the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs. The first tip warns consumers to be wary of overseas job scams, and advises them to check with certain consumer bureaus before investing in an overseas job search.
 -- The New Americans Program. To help increase consumer awareness about the U.S. phone system among new Asian and Hispanic Americans, in conjunction with the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs and California-based Consumer Action, Sprint recently developed this national education campaign. Earlier this year Sprint created the first brochure and information campaign on phone fraud in English, Chinese, Spanish and Korean, which has produced over 20,000 requests to date. Sprint is finalizing the second phase of the campaign, which will address issues related to operator services. Campaigns on placing "911" and international calls are slated to follow in 1993.
 WIDNet is a partnership project of the World Institute on Disability (WID), a non-profit organization in Oakland, and General Videotex Corp. (GVC), operators of telecommunications and information systems in Cambridge, Mass. WID is a public policy, research and training institute that serves the disability rights and independent living movement and is responsible for the content and development of WIDNet.
 Sprint is a diversified international telecommunications company with $9 billion in annual revenues and the United States' only nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network. Its divisions provide global long distance voice, data and video products and services, and local telephone services to more than 4 million subscriber lines in 17 states.
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 /NOTE: SPRINTLINE is a registered trademark./
 /CONTACT: Robin Pence, 202-828-7454 or, after hours, 703-820-1873, or Juanada Teas, 202-828-7426 or, after hours, 703-644-5165, both of Sprint/
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