May 20, 2013
Disability Law Series: The Telecommunications Act
The road to civil liberties and rights for those with disabilities has been a long one. Over the next few weeks, we will highlight some of the most influential Federal civil rights law that ensures equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities.
This week we are highlighting the Telecommunications Act of 1996. This act requires manufacturers of telecommunications equipment and providers of telecommunications services to ensure that such equipment and services are accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.
What this act achieved was the ability for people with disabilities to have access to a large variety of products and services, like phones, pagers, call-waiting and operator services.
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 changed the way we work, live and learn. It affected telephone service, cable programming, broadcast services and services provided to schools.
For more information regarding the Telecommunications Act (http://transition.fcc.gov/telecom.html)