Deaf-Blind People Get Universal Service with new Equipment Distribution Programs

On July 2, 2012, COAT was delighted to learn, via a public notice, the FCC certified fifty-three programs  across the U.S. -- that is, in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, D.C., and the Virgin Islands -- who can participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP). The NDBEDP provides up to $10 million each year from the telecommunications relay services fund for distribution of communications equipment to low-income

President's Signature Needed on Accessible Prescription Labels Legislation

Press ReleaseAmerican Council of the Blind Lauds U.S. Congress for Including Accessible Prescription Drug Labeling Language in FDA Bill That Now Moves to the President’s Desk  

ARLINGTON, Va., June 26, 2012 – Blind and visually impaired citizens will gain independent and private access to the information contained on their prescription drug labels as the United States Senate passed S.3187, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act.

US Dept Labor To Award $10K for Mobile Apps to Increase Employment of People with Disabilities

June 2012. Yet another federal agency is offering money in a mobile app challenge. In this instance, the U.S. Dept of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)  invites participants to compete for $10,000 in prizes and a chance for their app to be featured on the ODEP website (August 23 deadline!). The challenge aims to “promote recruitment resources for employers, develop job training and skill-building tools for job seekers, facilitate employment-related transportation options and expand information communication technology

ADA Applies to Website Businesses: NAD Scores Big For the Disability Community in Netflix Ruling

June 19, 2012. COAT founding organization the National Organization for the Deaf (NAD) scored a giant leap forward in Internet accessibility via a recent ruling in Massaschusetts regarding captioning of Netflix.  Here below is NAD's Press Release:

Federal District Court in Massachusetts First in Country to Hold that the Americans with Disabilities Act Applies to Website-Only Businesses   

July 31 Deadline Fast Approaching for FCC Accessibility Award Nominations

June 1, 2012. Via a Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks nominations for the Chairman's Awards for Advancement in Accessibility ("Chairman's AAA").  The Chairman's AAA recognizes the efforts of individuals, organizations, academics, companies and government agencies to make communication tools easier to use and more accessible to people with

CSD Provides New Video Library of Resources

June 2012. Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD), the beneficiary of a large federal grant focusing on access to telecommunication for people who are deaf and people who are hard-of-hearing, now has new resources for users.  CSD's Project Endeavor now has a Video Library on the Project Endeavor website that offers many educational videos. See at Access to Communication.  The videos address telecommunication technology like Captel, IP Relay, and VRS; accessibility technology like Real Time Captioning, FM or Loop Systems,

Feds To Give $85K to App Developers for Sec 508 & W3C Accessible Electronic Health Records

March 5, 2012. COAT is pleased to learn that the government's main office looking at health information technology -- HHS ONC -- has established a mobile app challenge to developers that should result in solutions that will allow people with disabilities to access health records. The challenge asks "multidisciplinary teams to create and test a module or application that makes it easy for people with disabilities to access their health information stored in electronic health records (EHRs).” Submissions are due by Monday July 23, 2012. The winner will receive $60,000 and “an


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