Last week, I was honored to represent the Federal Communications Commission at the White House’s observation of the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) 22nd anniversary. Kareem Dale, the Special Advisor to the President on Disabilities Issues, opened the event, and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, gave closing remarks.
Joining a panel of 4 other administration officials, I had the opportunity to speak on the many ways in which the Commission has successfully implemented the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), signed by President Obama in October 2010. The CVAA requires access by people with disabilities to emerging Internet-based and digital communications and video programming technologies. Like the ADA, it seeks to ensure that people with disabilities can be fully independent and productive members of our society.
My remarks at the event highlighted 4 areas of accomplishment by the Commission:
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