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How's It Working for You? AFB Launches Communications and Video Technology Surveys

Visit: http://www.AFB.org/TechSurveys

For further information, contact:
Mark Richert, Esq.
Director, Public Policy, AFB
(202) 469-6833
MRichert@afb.net

Unless you live entirely off the proverbial grid, you are likely a user of mobile phone, TV programming, cable/satellite, personal computer, office phone, apps, land line, and/or any other related communications and video technologies. If you, your family members and/or friends are also blind or visually impaired, then you know all too well that the accessibility and usability of these technologies is a mixed bag. With your help, we can tell a more complete story about these technologies and how successfully, or unsuccessfully, they are being used by people with vision loss.

The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act

(CVAA) is the most comprehensive disability and technology policy enacted since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act. We are asking for your help in determining how well the communications and video industries are doing to meet the expectations of the CVAA.

Building on longstanding telecommunications accessibility requirements commonly known as section 255, the CVAA is intended to revolutionize the way in which people who are blind or visually impaired can fully use and enjoy today's most popular technologies, from mobile phones to tablet computers, from VoIP office telephone equipment to email and electronic messaging, from digital televisions and cable/satellite set top boxes to emergency alerts and TV programming accessibility through description.

By taking a few minutes to respond to these surveys, you can help us track how effectively these technologies meet your needs. In addition, your responses will help AFB keep policy makers informed about how well the communications and video programming industries are doing to comply with federal law and to offer truly accessible and usable products and services.

We may share specific feedback you write with Congress, as well as the Federal Communications Commission (the agency with enforcement responsibilities for much of the subject matter covered by these surveys) so that they can hear directly, but anonymously, from consumers across the country. The more complete that your answers are, the more useful survey results will be. If you do not have time to respond to each of the surveys at once, respond to the ones that you can and come back as often as you would like to offer additional feedback.

While you can take these surveys anonymously, we do invite you to share your contact information with us, particularly if you would welcome the opportunity to speak in greater detail about the challenges you may be facing using today's communications and video technologies and what you can do about that.

To participate, simply visit: http://www.AFB.org/TechSurveys

and take any or all of the following surveys:

  • Mobile Phone Survey
  • TV, Cable, and Satellite Survey
  • Computer, Laptop, and Tablet Survey
  • Apps Survey
  • Office Phone Survey
  • Home Landline Phone Survey

Thank you, and please share this invitation widely.

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