Click here to go to home page
 
About CCD
 
Board of Directors
 
  CCD Task Forces
 
  Member Organizations
 
  Task Force Co-Chairs
 
  Membership Application and Other Materials 
 
  2020 Task Force sign up
 
  CCD Policies
 
2019 Annual Reports
 
  Contact
     
CCD Board Member Log In
 
CCD Co-Chairs Log In        
 
CCD Working Groups Log In        
 
 
SEARCH
 

Please visit our web site often to stay informed on national issues and events affecting the disability community.

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
820 First Street, NE, Ste. 740
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 567-3516 phone
(202) 408-9520 fax
Email: Info@c-c-d.org

For information about CCD Membsership E-mail: membership@c-c-d.org
 
 
Header
 
TASK FORCES
TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATION
 

Mission

The Telecommunications and Technology Task Force deals with issues related to access to telecommunications and assistive technology in education, employment and independent living.

Co-chairs

  • Eric Buehlmann
    National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
    (202) 408-9514 phone 
    eric.buehlmann@ndrn.org

  • Audrey Busch 
    Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP)
    (202) 344-5674 phone 
    audrey.busch@ataporg.org

  • Joseph Nahra
    Perkins School for the Blind
    joseph.nahra@PowersLaw.com

  • Mark Richert
    Association for Education and Rehabiliation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
    (703) 671-4500 phone
    mark@aerbvi.org

Communications Captain

  • Annie Acosta
    The ARC
    202-783-2229 phone 
    202-534-3731 fax 
    acosta@thearc.org

Update

The Technology/Telecommunications Task Force has been focusing on two areas:

  1. Seeking full funding for the Assistive Technology Act including state assistive technology programs and the national technical assistance project and restoration of funds for the protection and advocacy assistive technology programs. The task force sent a sign-on letter to the hill on behalf of Assistive Technology Act program funding.

  2. Preparing for the U.S. Access Board’s refreshment process for their guidance on Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, which requires all information technology purchased by the federal government be accessible, and Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act, which requires accessibility features in telecommunications equipment.

2018 Policy Priorities for CCD Technology and Telecommunications Task Force

  ACTIVITIES
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
CCD Tech TF Letter on COVID 4.0
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society. On behalf of the undersigned co-chairs of the CCD Technology and Telecommunications Task Force, we write in response to the growing needs of people with disabilities nationwide in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal legislative response so far has largely ignored many critical needs of the disability community.
(June 26,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
FCC CVAA Comments
On behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Technology and Telecommunications Task Force, we thank the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) for this opportunity to comment on the Commission’s Public Notice seeking input on the 2020 Biannual report to Congress required by the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA)( PL 111-260)(DA 20-216).
(April 14,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
CCD AT Act Letter to House FY2021
On behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Technology and Telecommunications Task Force, the undersigned organizations are writing to ask for your support for the inclusion of $45 million in the FY 2021 House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations (LHHS) bill for the Assistive Technology (AT) Act Programs. Funding provided through the AT Act supports programs that assure people with disabilities have access to and acquisition of the assistive technology devices and services they need to live, work, and attend school in their communities.
(April 9,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
CCD AT Act Letter to Senate FY2021
On behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Technology and Telecommunications Task Force, the undersigned organizations are writing to ask for your support for the inclusion of $45 million in the FY 2021 House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations (LHHS) bill for the Assistive Technology (AT) Act Programs. Funding provided through the AT Act supports programs that assure people with disabilities have access to and acquisition of the assistive technology devices and services they need to live, work, and attend school in their communities.
(April 9,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
Comments on DOT’s proposed rule re service animals under the Air Carrier Access Act
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights and Transportation Task Forces submit the following comments in response to the above-captioned notice of proposed rulemaking concerning traveling by air with service animals under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). CCD is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(April 6,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
K-12 Virtual Instruction Accessibility
Virtual Instruction Access Barriers and Legal Actions. There are many instances of legal action around online accessibility issues in both the higher education and K-12 realm. A higher education example is the settlement agreement with EdX that included making the platform, mobile application and learning content conform with WCAG access standards, mandatory accessibility training for content developers, and hiring an accessibility evaluator.
(March 16,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
Annual Report - Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
(January 9,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
 
Click here to go to archives