The Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT), of which HLAA is a member organization, issued a news release May 5, 2010, thanking Senators Mark Pryor and John Kerry for introducing the “Equal Access to 21st Century Communications Act (S. 3304). Similar to the “21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act” (HR 3301) introduced in the house, S. 3304 would modernize disability accessibility mandates in the Communications Act, bringing existing requirements up to date as television and phone services connect via the Internet and use new digital and broadband technologies.
On October 8, 2010, when President Barack Obama signed the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) into law, Hearing Loss Association of America literally had a front row seat. HLAA worked with COAT (Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology) to move this bill forward. We provided help by educating legislators about the need for the legislation and encouraged HLA Chapters and individuals to join COAT to support these efforts. We got involved because we believe this legislation will help ensure people with hearing loss will have greater access to the Internet. We will stay involved as CVAA is implemented in years to come.
See HLAA's Public Policy and Advocacy blog entry on CVAA: http://hlaa-advocacy.blogspot.com
To read the FCC's releases about the CVAA visit www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro/cvaa.html.
By Lise Hamlin
Director of Public Policy and State Development
May 1, 2008, Washington, D.C.: The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet held a hearing on “draft legislation enhancing access to broadband technology and services for persons with disabilities.” The draft legislation is titled, “21st Century Communications and Video Programming Accessibility Act.”
The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act is being introduced TODAY in the House of Representatives with bipartisan sponsorship by Ed Markey (D-MA) and Heather Wilson (R-NM). Hearing Loss Association of American is one of over 200 organizations that are part of the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT). We strongly support the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act.
IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED:
Call or fax today to encourage your member of Congress to become a sponsor of this bill.