Check out the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology's page for a great breakdown of the benefits we can expect from the passage of this law.
Here are a few points that I'm pretty excited about.
- All telephones used with the Internet will need to be hearing aid compatible.
billionmillion (thanks, BigBenFactor) per year will be allocated for the deaf-blind from the Interstate Relay Service Fund (which Internet-based voice communication service providers will be required to pay into).
- Television programs that are captioned will now be required to contain captions when streaming over the Internet.
- Any devices that have a picture screen and can display video programming now need to be able to display closed captions.
- Devices like DVRs that record playback must now be able to display captions.