On April 29, 2013, the FCC released a Report and Order to implement section 718 and part of section 716 of the Communications Act.
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.
FCC rules require that, as of March 30, 2013, TV broadcasters must begin providing Closed Captions on programs that are streamed live (or "near-live") on the internet simultaneously as they air on television.
On January 12, 2012, the FCC adopted rules requiring captioned programs shown on TV to be captioned when re-shown on the Internet.
Committee Focusing on Matters Pertaining to Next Generation 9-1-1 Access for Persons with Disabilities
On Friday, October 28th, 2011 HLAA executive director Brenda Battat and director of public policy, Lise Hamlin attended the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman’s AAA), an historic event for disability access. This event was held in October to honor National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the one year passage of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). The Awards were presented for the development of mainstream and assistive technologies, the development of standards, and the implementation of best practices that foster accessibility.
The Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC), an FCC advisory committee required by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA), will hold its next meeting at the Commission headquarters, 445 12th St., SW, Washington, D.C. on Friday, September 9, 2011 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (EST). The September meeting will continue deliberations to develop recommendations to the Commission of features and technologies that will be needed to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access Next Generation 911 emergency services.
Closed Captioning on the Internet & Emergency Access Addressed
Two Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Advisory Committees for the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) released reports as scheduled in July, 2011.
Committee to Focus on Matters Pertaining to IP Closed Captioning, Video Description, Access to Emergency Information and User Interface Accessibility
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) was privileged to be invited to testify before the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet June 10, 2010. Lise Hamlin, director of public policy for HLAA, testified in support of the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009 (HR 3101) on behalf of HLAA and COAT, the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology. Stg. Major Jesse Acosta provided testimony for the American Council of the Blind, also in support of this legislation.