Supporting Accessibility Coalitions. TDI met with various organizations in several groups and submitted ex parte letters to the Federal Communications Commission related to accessibility concerns.

  1. The critical importance of accessibility in children’s programming (survey noted the severe gaps in accessibility in the programming) – April 12
  2. An issue with the Pelton’s request for a waiver – April 25 and 27
  3. The Importance of accessibility in the closed captioning display settings – April 28
  4. The importance of the accessibility and equity, especially communication services, in carceral facilities – April 28
  5. Safeguard communications via Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) against privacy threats – May 20
  6. Address high-priority, pandemic-driven barriers to communications access by implementing the recent recommendation of the Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) on relay access to video conferencing services – May 20
  7. Focus on the long-overdue adoption of metrics and standards for the quality of
    Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Services (IP CTS) – May 20

For more information about TDI’s filing addressing TDI’s Ex Parte FCC Filing: Accessibility Coalitions, visit the filing and full list of signatories at the following links:

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Accessibility Coalitions


CG 03-123 — Telecommunication Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities,
CG 13-24 — Misuse of Internet Protocol (IP) Captioned Telephone Service;
CG 16-145 — Transition from TTY to Real-Time Text Technology;
GN 15-178 — Petition for Rulemaking to Update the Commission’s Rules for Access to Support the Transition from TTY to RealTime Text Technology, and petition for Waiver of Rules Requiring Support of TTY Technology;

CG 10-213 — Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) of 2019;
MB 12-108 — User Interfaces, and Video Programming Guides and Menus;

WC 12-375 — Rates for Interstate Inmate Calling Services;

Special Thanks to:


Accessibility Coalitions Co-Signatories:

TDI, American Council of the Blind (ACB), American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC), Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD), Gallaudet University Technology Access Program (TAP), HEARD, Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

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