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TASK FORCES
LOGY 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

  • Audrey Busch 
    Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP)
    audrey.busch@ataporg.org

  • Laura Kaloi
    Assistive Technology Industry Association
    lkaloi@stridepolicy.com

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

  • Clark Rachfal
    American Council of the Blind
    crachfal@acb.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
Joint Technology-Rights Statement for Senate Aging Committee Hearing on Section 508
On behalf of the undersigned members of the Consortium for Constituents with Disabilities (CCD) Technology & Telecommunications and Rights Task Forces, we write to thank the Committee for holding today’s hearing on the critical issue of ensuring that federal agencies are held accountable for achieving digital accessibility under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (an outcome that should have been achieved years ago).
(July 28,  2022) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
Joint Technology-Rights Task Force Letter on Section 508 Recommendations
The purpose of this letter is to request that the Administration take all necessary and sufficient steps to ensure that federal agencies are held accountable for achieving digital accessibility (an outcome that should have been achieved years ago). To accomplish this goal, we ask that there be real consequences for those agencies that continue to renege on their legal obligations under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and fail to meet the clear expectations in E.O. 14035 to ensure digital accessibility.
(July 8,  2022) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
CCD Transportation Autonomous Vehicle Principles
At least 1 in 4 people in the U.S. has a disability (more than 61 million). While 99% of public buses are equipped with ramps, significant barriers to accessible, affordable transportation remain across modes. Many people with disabilities are unable to obtain a driver’s license or cannot afford to purchase both a vehicle and the retrofitted adaptations to make it accessible.
(June 3,  2022) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
The Importance of Web Accessibility and Inclusive Design
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in activities across all areas of life. While many understand the requirements of accessibility for physical spaces, such as wheelchair ramps to enter buildings, this mandate extends to virtual spaces as well. As more and more of our daily lives are spent engaging with the Internet and other digital content, it is critical to ensure that information hosted online and in digital format (including via websites, mobile applications, online systems, and all forms of information and communication technology - ICT) remains fully accessible to people with disabilities.
(March 25,  2022) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
Technology and Telecommunications Task Force Policy Recommendations: 117th Congress & Biden Administration
(March 25,  2022) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
Assistive Technology and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act
In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794d) to require federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology public content accessible to people with disabilities in Section 508. Inaccessible technology interferes with an individual's ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily. The requirements of Section 508 were put in place to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals.
(March 25,  2022) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
CCD Web Accessibility Letter to Senators
The CCD Technology & Telecommunications and Rights Task Forces write to request that you urge DOJ to immediately pursue regulatory and additional subregulatory initiatives under Titles II and III of the ADA to ensure that state and local governments and public accommodations procure, design, maintain, and use websites, mobile apps, online systems, and other forms of ICT that are accessible to and usable by people with disabilities.
(March 23,  2022) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
CCD Web Accessibility Letter to DOJ
The CCD Technology & Telecommunications and Rights Task Forces write to urge DOJ to immediately pursue regulatory and additional subregulatory initiatives under Titles II and III of the ADA to ensure that state and local governments and public accommodations procure, design, maintain, and use websites, mobile apps, online systems, and other forms of ICT that are accessible to and usable by people with disabilities.
(March 23,  2022) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
CCD Letter on AT Act Reauthorization
On behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Technology and Telecommunications Task Force and the undersigned organizations, we would like to express our strong support for S. 2401, The 21st Century Assistive Technology Act, introduced by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Maggie Hassan (D-NH)(AT) , and Kevin Cramer (R-ND). Further, we urge the full Senate to consider this bill and pass it in the very near future.
(January 24,  2022) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
CCD Letter on AT Act Reauthorization for House
On behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Technology and Telecommunications Task Force and the undersigned organizations, we would like to express our strong support for S. 2401, The 21st Century Assistive Technology Act, introduced by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Maggie Hassan (D-NH)(AT) , and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and was passed out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in 2021.
(January 24,  2022) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
Technology and Telecommunications Task Force 2021 Annual Report
(January 10,  2022) - Download [ PDF ]
 
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