May 2012 Technology and Disability Policy Highlights

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In May, President Barak Obama urged Senate members to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The Convention was adopted by the United Nations in 2006 and signed by the United States in 2009.  Ratification of the Convention would allow the United States to have more influence in the Convention by becoming a State Party to the Convention.

In the regulatory arena, the FCC has scheduled the next Consumer Advisory Committee Meeting for June 15, 2012.  The agenda for the meeting includes, among other things, recommendations by the Broadband Working Group concerning the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure Initiative.  The FCC has also begun accepting nominations for the Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman’s AAA).  The awards are “designed to recognize the efforts of individuals, organizations, academics, companies and government agencies to make communication tools easier to use and more accessible to people with disabilities, and to encourage technological innovation and accessibility in communications-related areas.”

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