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US Senate passes comprehensive accessibility bill


The US Senate yesterday passed the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 by unanimous consent. The bill, described by the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) as “a monumental step forward in accessible technology”, will have many implications for access in the US.

Among its provisions are the following requirements:

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US Attorney General announces proposals for improved accessibility regulations


US Attorney General Eric Holder announced over the weekend that the US Department of Justice had proposed several improvements in accessibility regulations concerning the Internet, cinemas and emergency calls.

In reference to  changes in technology since the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, Mr Holder said, ‘Just as these quantum leaps can help all of us, they can also set us back—if regulations are not updated or compliance codes become too confusing to implement.’

The public have been asked to comment on the following:

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