Category Archives: Laws, regulations

FDA Empowers Hearing Aid Users

In another step away from the medical model, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) removed the requirement for a professional evaluation before hearing aids can be purchased. This accelerates the trend to direct-to-consumer sales, and may be followed by the creation of … Continue reading

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Updates on Section 508

The Access Board has approved its revised rule for Section 508; final review by OMB will soon be followed by publishing the new regulations. The Information Technology Industry Council is updating its Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) to reflect the new rule … Continue reading

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How About Some Better Stats for Accessible Technology?

We’ve got a great opportunity to improve our understanding of the ICT needs and preferences of people with disabilities: the US federal government is performing a study of computer and Internet use, and the time is right to widen the … Continue reading

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Senate Committee Approves Reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee today passed the Workforce Investment Act, , which contains the Rehab Act, by a vote of 18-3. The bill is expected to pass the full Senate, but then have difficulty in … Continue reading

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911 to expand communication options

Texting is a perfect example of what AoMS is about–a mainstream technology that is seamlessly relevant to one or more groups of people with disabilities, in this case people with hearing or speech disabilities. However, when texting could be most … Continue reading

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You can’t spell “complain” without “LA”

Using an Apple iPhone app, L.A. citizens can now take a picture of a broken sidewalk or other municipal flaw and send it directly to the city government for instant relief.  How about reporting blocked curbcuts or illegal use of … Continue reading

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