Bill Seeks to Make Electronics Accessible to Blind, DeafBy Kang, Cecilia; Washington Post, p. A10
Publication Date: August 17, 2010
Article discusses a legislative bill aimed at making the Internet and mobile devices more accessible to people with disabilities. The bill, H.R. 3101 and a companion bill in the Senate, S. 3304, would allow blind consumers to choose from a broader selection of cellphones with speech software that calls out phone numbers and cues users on how to surf the Internet. Legislation would make new TV shows that are captioned available online with closed captioning, while a button would be required on remote controls to access closed captioning on TV sets. However, videos made and shared by users on YouTube and Facebook would not require captioning, and cellphone users with vision impairments would in many cases have to download speech software at an extra cost.
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