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Senate Passes Important Accessibility Act

Senate Passes Important Accessibility Act By Rosaline Crawford August 2010 Editor: Here’s NVRC’s report on the Senate passage of the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (S. 3304). The report’s author is Rosaline Crawford, NAD, member of the COAT Steering Committee ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT), of which NVRC is a proud member, ...

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The National Broadband Plan and You – Part 1

The National Broadband Plan and You – Part 1 By Cheryl Heppner July 2010 Editor: As technology creates new ways of providing information and entertainment we need to be vigilant to ensure that these new systems are accessible. Fortunately, those working on the National Broadband Plan seem to be up to speed on these issues. Here’s Cheryl’s report on Karen ...

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Organizing for Effective Advocacy – Part One

Organizing for Effective Advocacy – Part One By Larry Sivertson June 2010 Editor: We’ve been following John Waldo’s great advocacy work for a couple of year now, and we’re just amazed at how much he’s accomplished in a very short time. In this workshop, he’s telling us how to go about organizing so we can imitate some of his successes. ...

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Electronics Industry Bad Attitude Affirms Need for Accessibility Legislation

Electronics Industry Bad Attitude Affirms Need for Accessibility Legislation June 2010 Editor: If only the arrogant and overbearing disability community would stop oppressing the multinational corporations that comprise the consumer electronics industry, we’d have all the accessibility we could ask for. That’s the crux of the argument being made against H.R. 3101 by some industry apologists. This press release from ...

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The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling!

The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling! June 2010 Editor: I usually avoid commenting on political issues, and I think I can be true to that goal and still comment on this situation. That’s because this is an accessibility issue that Gary Shapiro and others are trying to politicize. The bottom line is that these folks don’t think that ...

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Working with the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee

Working with the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee By Cheryl Heppner March 2010 Editor: You probably know that Cheryl Heppner of NVRC is one of the most prolific and effective advocates for folks with hearing loss. I can’t begin to keep track of all her activities. Fortunately for me (and you), she often records some of her recent activities and shares ...

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Justice Department and H&R Block Franchisee Reach ADA

Justice Department and H&R Block Franchisee Reach ADA March 2010 Editor: You have a right under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to appropriate communications aids and services provided by your income tax preparation firm (unless an exemption applies). That’s the bottom line on this statement from the Justice Department. The statement focuses on providing sign language interpreters, but the ...

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Wash-CAP Is Getting a Southern Companion

Wash-CAP Is Getting a Southern Companion By John Waldo December 2009 Editor: We’ve been following Wash-CAP’s rapid and substantial success for over a year now, and have been hoping that their type of advocacy would be emulated elsewhere. We’re thrilled to see that the Wash-CAP folks have been talking to some people in Oregon, and that an Oregon version is ...

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