WASHINGTON, November 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – Senator Edward J Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Anna G Eshoo (D-Calif.) introduced the Communications, Video, and Technology Accessibility Act in both The United States Senate and House of Representatives.
The American Council of the Blind (ACB) commends Sen. Markey and Rep. Eshoo for their leadership and for introducing this legislation with the full support and cooperation of the disability community. Once passed, this law would update existing regulations to ensure that people who are blind, visually impaired and deaf-blind can access the accessible video content of their choice, from the video service provider of their choice, and use the video conferencing service of their choice.
“Since I turned 21St Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, the technologies have changed. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to ensure that everyone — including people who are deaf, blind or deaf-blind — have equal access to the services and technology they need to thrive,” said Senator Markey . “That’s why I bring them before the Communications, Video, and Accessibility Technology Act to update the current laws on the books so we can meet the technology moment and ensure opportunity, independence and equal access for all.”
“As technology has advanced rapidly over the past two decades, much of our economy and daily life has moved online. Unfortunately, accessibility standards have remained largely the same, leaving people with disabilities behind. In 2020, 38% of people who were blind or partially sighted reported problems with at least one of the technologies required for their jobs, and in 2021 up to 70% of deaf or hard of hearing students reported technological challenges in the educational environment ‘ Eshoo said. ‘I am proud to legislate with Senator Markey to update current laws so that people with disabilities have full access to modern technology necessary for equal participation in the 21st centurySt Century.”
“The 2010 21st Century Communications and Video Access Act laid the foundation for accessible technology and inclusive media for blind, partially sighted and deaf-blind people,” he said Eric Bridges, Managing Director of ACB. “Thanks to CVAA, blind, visually impaired and deaf-blind people have access to accessible telecommunications technology, mobile web browsers and accessible video content, new models of communication and video distribution, from both content creators and consumers. For these reasons, it is necessary for Congress to reaffirm our nation’s commitment to accessible communications and video technologies. The American Council of the Blind commends Sen. Markey and Rep. Eshoo for introducing the Communications, Video and Technology Accessibility Act. Once enacted, the CVTA will ensure that critical communications technologies are accessible to people who are blind, visually impaired and deaf-blind, and reaffirm our nation’s commitment to accessible media and video content, regardless of how or where it is viewed by consumers.”
This legislation is supported by the following disability and civil rights organizations: Access Living, Access Ready, American Council of the Blind, American Foundation for the Blind, Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs, Blinded Veterans Association, CommunicationsFIRST, Carroll Center for the Blind, Communications Service for the Deaf, Hearing Loss Association of America, National Association of the Deaf, National Federation of the Blind, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Inc., Perkins School for the Blind and United Spinal Association.
About the American Council of the Blind: The American Council of the Blind (ACB) is a national, membership-based organization representing blind and partially sighted Americans. For more than 60 years, ACB has been at the forefront of national, state, local and even international advocacy efforts. With 68 member organizations, ACB strives to increase independence, safety, equity and quality of life for all blind and partially sighted people. For more information visit www.acb.org.
SOURCE American Council of the Blind