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The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) commends the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) for its leadership and support of closed captioning television commercials. The NAD also thanks the Hearing Access Program for advocating and facilitating this effort with the ANA.
The NAD, along with other consumer groups, filed comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking about Video Relay Service (VRS) and IP Relay toll free numbers (800 or 866 numbers). The FCC proposed rules will make getting toll free numbers more like the way that telephone users get toll free numbers – from a toll free number provider. Toll free number providers charge for toll free number service.
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is pleased to announce that the 23rd Biennial Junior National Association of the Deaf (Jr. NAD) Conference will be held at the California School for the Deaf-Riverside on November 18-22, 2011. The Conference brings together Jr. NAD delegates, observers, and advisors to facilitate an open dialogue on leadership and advocacy. In addition, the Conference will provide Jr. NAD members opportunities to learn citizenship skills and meet and interact with delegates from other schools and states.
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) was among several disability organizations invited by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to discuss issues related to surface transportation and accessibility on December 7, 2010. Each representative was asked to share thoughts on how to improve access, how to measure outcomes and performance, policy solutions, and how the DOT can provide for a safe and accessible communities, research and development.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued four Advance Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to revise their ADA regulations. The covered topics are:
The White House Disability Group will start monthly calls to discuss disability-related issues. The calls will include people who work on disability issues in the federal government. The first call is scheduled for Friday, December 3, 2010. Howard Rosenblum, Chair of the NAD Public Policy Committee, and Rosaline Crawford, Director, Director of the NAD Law and Advocacy Center, will participate in this call. Anyone who wants to participate can also join the call. The NAD encourages advocates to participate in these calls.
Friday, December 3, at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time)
On December 1, 2010, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) participated in a web conference hosted by Economic Systems Inc., in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Every month, the BLS conducts a “Current Population Survey” of about 50,000 households. Information collected through this survey is the primary source of labor force characteristics in the United States.
On November 30, 2010, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) joined other advocates, legislators, regulators, and industry representatives for a celebration of the passage of the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. The event, “Giving Thanks for Accessible Technology,” was held in the Caucus Room of the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
On November 24th, the NAD, along with other consumer groups, submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about closed captioning. The FCC wants updated information about the need for closed captioning technical and non-technical standards, monitoring, reporting, use of the “electronic newsroom technique” or teleprompter scripts for captioning, and applying the $3 million revenue exemption to broadcasters who provide multiple channels of programming. You can tell the FCC what you think about these closed captioning issues until December 9, 2010.
On November 22, 2010, the NAD, along with other consumer organizations, submitted comments in response to a Public Notice issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking questions about "advanced communications." The Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (Accessibility Act), recently passed by Congress, requires accessible advanced communications. This is a summary of the NAD comments.