The FCC this week announced the formation of a new Disability Advisory Committee to serve as a vehicle for suggestions where disabilities issues touch the jurisdiction of the agency. The Commission is forming this new panel to coincide with next year’s 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 5th anniversary of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). Seeking input on such issues as closed captioning, video description, and emergency information services, the FCC stated, “The new body will enable the FCC to keep pace with evolving communications accessibility issues and build on its record of ensuring access to communications and video programming for people with disabilities.” The Commission is seeking recommendations by January 12 for qualified nominees to sit on this advisory committee.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: December 5, 2014