HLAA Is There For You From the Start: the FCC’s New Disability Advisory Committee

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HLAA Is There For You From the Start: the FCC’s New Disability Advisory Committee

Wed, 04/08/2015

On March 17, 2015, Lise Hamlin represented HLAA at the first meeting of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Disability Advisory Committee (DAC). It was announced that the FCC received more than 100 applications to serve on this committee. Those chosen to join the DAC included 36 organizations, companies and individuals.

The DAC will provide advice and recommendations to the Commission on a wide array of disability issues within the FCC’s jurisdiction. The DAC will provide a means for stakeholders with interests in accessibility issues to exchange ideas, facilitate the participation of consumers with disabilities in proceedings before the Commission, and assist the Commission in educating the greater disability community and covered entities on disability-related matters. The DAC’s term is two years. The full committee meetings are open to the public and streamed on FCC Live with captions.

Four subcommittees were formed for the first meeting. Lise Hamlin will be co-chair of the Video Programming Subcommittee and is a member of the Communications Committee. The other subcommittees are the Relay/Equipment Distribution Subcommittee and the Emergency Communications Subcommittee. 

For more information about the DAC, visit the FCC’s website at: http://www.fcc.gov/disability-advisory-committee