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FCC Speaker Series to Highlight Accessible Technology

September 2013 — On September 12, 2013 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will host Dr. Yevgen Borodin, a Research Assistant Professor from Stony Brook University, as the second speaker for the Accessibility and Innovation Speaker Series. Dr. Borodin’s presentation, entitled “Improving Accessibility for the General Public,” will chronicle the “moving target” of accessibility and strategies that can be used to ensure technology is accessible for people with disabilities.

FCC Revises Rules for Captioned Telephone Service

August 2013 — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) in the Matter of Misuse of Internet Protocol (IP) Captioned Telephone Service and Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities [CG Docket No. 13-24 and 03-123].

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Seeks Survey Participants

August 2013 — In honor of 2013 International Day for Disaster Reduction, “Living with Disability and Disasters,” the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) released a survey “to ascertain the needs of persons living with disabilities and disasters.”  Through the survey, UNISDR hopes to capture the critical needs of people with disabilities, and ensure these needs are met by the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), “the global disaster risk reduction plan that was adopted in 2005.”  The UNISDR and FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination are urging all people

FCC Extends Comment Deadline: Rulemaking on Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming

August 2013 — The FCC released an Order in the Matter of Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 [MB Docket No. 11-154].

Wireless RERC Comments on Accessibility of Emergency Information

August 2013 - The Wireless RERC filed reply comments with the FCC in response to their Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: In the Matter of Accessibility of Emergency Information and Apparatus Requirements for Emergency Information and Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 [MB Docket No. 12-107].

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