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NFB Calls for ADA Internet Regulations

July 2014 – The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) concluded their 2014 National Convention with a unanimous vote urging the Obama administration to issue Internet regulations in compliance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  More than twenty-five hundred members of the NFB adopted the resolution, noting the need for accessible website design and content that allows access to the Internet through computerized speech software or Braille conversion. President of the NFB, Dr. Marc Maurer, stated “Since public accommodations, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), increasingly conduct business with the public over the internet, it is imperative that their websites be accessible to the blind…Technology holds the promise that blind people will be able to live the lives we want to a degree never before possible, but only if internet technology is properly designed …That is why we demand that the Obama administration issue the long-delayed ADA regulations applying to the Internet the legal principle of equal access for all.”

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