Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The House of Representatives Passes H.R. 3101

In a wonderful way to mark the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, yesterday the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3101, moving it on to the Senate.

The bill passed 348-23. Representative James Langevin (D-Rhode Island) presided over the debates. Langevin is the first quadriplegic to serve in the House, according to the previously linked article.

H.R. 3101 sets new federal standards that will need to be followed by telecommunications. Among the standards are that remote controls will require a button for closed captioning and that low-income people will receive support to buy technology to make the Internet accessible for them.

Quoted in the article is Representative Edward Markey (D-Massachusetts), who said, "The ADA mandated physical ramps into buildings [...] Today, individuals with disabilities need online ramps to the Internet so they can get to the Web from wherever they happen to be."

1 comment:

  1. Great legislation. Thank you to all for making it happen!


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