21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act

October 9, 2010 at 12:28 am 1 comment

President Obama has signed the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, which requires that smart phones, television programs and modern communications technologies are accessible to people with vision and hearing loss.

“The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act will make it easier for people who are deaf, blind or live with a visual impairment to do what many of us take for granted — from navigating a TV or DVD menu to sending an e-mail on a smart phone. It sets new standards so that Americans with disabilities can take advantage of the technology our economy depends on.”

Remarks by the President at the Signing of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010


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Millennium Development Goals-Summit Public Libraries as Contributing to Social Capital

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  • 1. Francis Adebola-Wilson  |  June 22, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Over the last number of decades, the society and the business community have ignored the plight of the disabled people. This could be due to the fact that the society and the business community overlooked the socio-economic value that the disabled community added to the society. Thus there were no infrastructure set up to support the special needs of the disabled community. Nevertheless, over the recent years, the society has taken a special interest in the needs of the disabled and more so, the need for equality between the able-bodied and the disabled. Consequently a number of reforms in the public and private sectors have taken place all in a bid to provide equality in access of service between the two groups of societies. It has been quite a challenge for the disabled to access library services due to lack of infrastructure and facilities that take into account their special needs. Thus there has been a decrease in the use of library services by the disabled as only traditional materials that could only be used by the physically able were in place.

    Developing an action plan for the disabled is not a complicated issue but is similar to developing new aspects/ features to the library system. Yet, the whole action plan should be developed in consultation with the stakeholders. There are several issues that must be taken into account when developing the action plan. First is the total cost of the whole project, the architectural design of the library building and whether it can accommodate the new developments and the current issues affecting accessibility with regards to the patrons with disabilities.

    Issues dwelling on the development of the action include; services, training, funding, equipment, materials, facilities and training. The criteria for choosing the above seven items would be based on the literature needs of the disabled which is crucial in their learning process. Thus there will be a need for the provision of a consistent, efficient and practical library system to cater for the physically disabled. This approach will therefore ensure that the action plan developed is wholesome and incorporates the special needs for the different types of disabilities that exist in the society. Also, due to the complex nature of the various forms of disability, there will be a need to include a broad program throughout the library system. By so doing, the library will provide a comprehensive system that will ensure effective service delivery and hence, be in a position to get the necessary funding for the whole project.


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