FCC Publishes "Accessibility Handbook"
Editor: The FCC has just published their "Accessibility
Handbook", which was intended to gather in one place all the
information required to ensure that FCC programs and activities are
accessible to people with disabilities. As you might imagine, that's a
lot of information! The document runs about 150 pages including
appendices, index, etc. A quick perusal revealed LOTS of good
information that anyone involved in planning events, programs, websites,
etc. should have access to.
The Handbook is available at no cost on the FCC website in either pdf
or Word format. Here are portions of the press release, followed by the
Table of Contents to give you an idea of the included information.
New "Accessibility Handbook" Details Uniform Procedures for
Accommodations at the Commission
Washington, DC -- The Commission has taken several actions to ensure
that persons with disabilities are able to participate fully in FCC
programs and activities.
The FCC has long been committed to fostering an attitude of inclusion
and a commitment to access in all Commission programs and activities.
While certain aspects of providing access for people with disabilities
can be clearly visible (e.g., sign language interpreters, ramps, and
braille documents), other aspects may easily pass unnoticed (e.g.,
remembering to stand facing co-workers who are hard of hearing so that
they can speechread/lipread).
So that all Commission staff are familiar with the procedures to be
followed in providing the accommodations required by Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Commission has compiled, for use by the
Commission staff, the "Accessibility Handbook" that details a
uniform and comprehensive approach for compliance. It is a clear and
comprehensive collection of guidelines, information, and procedures to
ensure that the Commission is accessible to individuals with
disabilities. It will be particularly helpful for planning events so
that persons with disabilities will be able to participate fully.
The "Accessibility Handbook" is available on the FCC
Intranet and on the FCC's Internet Web site.
To ensure that its services for persons with disabilities remain
reflective of current needs and available accommodations, the Commission
will conduct a self-evaluation process every three years. During the
reviews the Commission will seek public comment on the accessibility of
its programs and activities as required by the Rehabilitation Act of
To reflect the language in the Americans with Disabilities Act, the
Commission made editorial amendments to its rules to replace the terms
"handicap," "individual with a handicap," and
"individuals with handicaps" with the terms
"disability," "individual with a disability," and
"individuals with disabilities," respectively.
Action by the Commission March 4, 2003, by Order (FCC 03-48).
Chairman Powell, Commissioners Abernathy, Copps, Martin and Adelstein
with Chairman Powell and Commissioners Copps and Adelstein issuing
CGB contacts: Susan Magnotti: (202) 418-0871 (voice); (202) 418-0538
(TTY); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Helen Chang, Section 504 Officer: (202)
418-0424 (voice); (202) 418-0432 (TTY); e-mail: email@example.com
This handbook can be found on the Consumer & Governmental Affairs
Bureau's Disability Rights Office's website at www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro.