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COAT Affiliates Meet with CEA on Video Accessibility

On September 10, 2010 several COAT leaders met via teleconference with the newly-formed CEA Working Group on Video Accessibility.  These accessibility experts included Dana Mulvany, Ron Vickery (HLAA), Larry Goldberg (WGBH-NCAM), Patik Pratel (ACB) and Cheryl Heppner (NVRC).

Summer's Over But There's Still Accessibility Camp: Sat. Oct 9, Washington DC

People in the COAT community located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area are invited to the next Accessibility Camp to be held Sat. Oct. 9, 2010 at the Martin Luther King Library in Washington, D.C., 10 AM- 5 PM. The second of such free events in Washington, DC, it is intended for Section 508 specialists, developers, usability professionals, end users with disabilities, computer science and website administrators, and other IT folks.

FCC Report Shows TV Accessibility Complaints Continue to Climb

On August 13, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its first quarter 2010 Consumer Complaints Report. Among the general complaints, the quarterly report shows some disability-related consumer complaints/inquiries regarding video description, closed captioning, and emergency access to video programming, as follows:

FCC Seeks Comments on Accessibility of Cell Phones for People Who are Blind, with Vision Loss or are Deaf-Blind

In a notice released August 5, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asks for comments on accessibility of wireless phones for people who are blind, have vision loss or are deaf-blind, how gaps in accessibility prevent communication, on cost and feasibility issues and on technical barriers, among other topics raised in the Federal Register Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). Comments are due September 13, with Reply Comments due September 30, 2010.

U.S. Senate Passes S.3304 by Unanimous Consent!

August 5, 2010, Washington, D.C.:-- COAT celebrates the passage of the "Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010" (S. 3304) by the U.S. Senate today by unanimous consent. Due to the extraordinary efforts of advocates across the country and in Washington, D.C., COAT has secured a monumental step forward in accessible technology.

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