On August 26, 2013, the Commission adopted the Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) Reform Order, adopting, among other things, new registration and certification requirements for IP CTS users. For more information about the IP CTS Reform Order, please see the previous AccessInfo announcement that we posted about the Order: http://transition.fcc.gov/cgb/dro/AccessInfo/2013-09-10.pdf
The proposed regulation was published in the Federal Register on August 1, 2014, and the comment period was to close on September 30, 2014; however, on September 2, 2014 the Attorney General granted a 60-day extension of the comment period and all comments are now due on December 1, 2014.
Ruth Warick, President of The International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH) and Colin Allen, President of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), call on all governments to ensure broadcasting access through the provision of captions for Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens worldwide.
By Zina Jawadi
Vice president of the HLAA California State Association
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2014, 360 million people worldwide have hearing loss, which is more than the entire U.S. population.
NIH Researchers Characterize Elusive Myosin 15, Protein Linked to a Form of Hereditary Hearing Loss