People who are blind will have greater access to the Internet through smart phones, and devices such as the iPhone and BlackBerry will have to be hearing-aid compatible, under legislation Congress sent to the president. The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 passed the Senate on August 5, 2010 and was approved by the House on September 28, 2010. It sets federal guidelines for the telecommunications industry to ensure that people who are blind will have access to the Web through improved user interfaces for smart phones. The measure will include other important components as well such as
Requiring that remote controls have buttons to easily access the closed captioning on broadcast and pay TV, requiring video programming devices such as MP3 players and digital video recorders be capable of closed captioning, video description, and emergency alerts , enabling people who are deaf to watch new TV programs online with captions included., making TV program guides and selection menus accessible to people with vision loss and even providing funds to help the low-income disabled buy accessible Internet technology.
Quite exciting legislation; don’t you think?