Comment Date: August 4, 2020
On July 21, 2020, the FCC released a Public Notice to invite public comment on tentative findings to help prepare its Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) Biennial Report to Congress, which is due to Congress by October 8, 2020.
The Public Notice makes the following tentative findings:
- Accessibility and usability of many services and equipment, such as smartphones and other smart devices, have continued to improve since the last report issued in 2018,
- Covered businesses generally have continued to include people with disabilities in the design and development of their products and services,
- Accessibility gaps still remain with feature phones for people who are blind, and some apps fail to be accessible to screen readers.
Links to Public Notice:
For general information about the CVAA, visit https://www.fcc.gov/general/twenty-first-century-communications-and-video-accessibility-act-0. For specific questions, please contact Darryl Cooper, Disability Rights Office, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, at (202) 418-7131 or Darryl.Cooper@fcc.gov. Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432‐2275.