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The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
1825 K Street, NW, Ste. 1200
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 783-2229 phone
(202) 534-3731 fax
Email: Info@c-c-d.org

For information about the Social Security Task Force Public Education and Outreach Campaign,
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TASK FORCES
TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATION
 

Mission

The Telecommunications and Technology Task Force deals with issues related to access to telecommunications and assistive technology in education, employment and independent living.

Co-chairs

  • Audrey Busch 
    Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP)
    (202) 344-5674 phone 
    audrey.busch@ataporg.org

  • Eric Buehlmann
    National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
    202-408-9514 phone 
    202-408-9520 fax 
    Eric.buehlmann@ndrn.org

  • Mark Richert 
    American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
    202-822-0833 phone 
    202-822-0838 fax

    mrichert@afb.net

  • Michael Brogioli
    Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Tech Soc. of N. America (RESNA)
    703-524-6686  phone 
    MBrogioli@resna.org

  • Sara Rosta
    Perkins
    202-349-6686 phone 
    202-785-1756 fax 
    sara.rosta@ppsv.com  

Communications Captain

  • Annie Acosta
    The ARC of the United States
    202-783-2229 phone 
    202-534-3731 fax 
    acosta@thearc.org

Update

The Technology/Telecommunications Task Force has been focusing on two areas:

  1. Seeking full funding for the Assistive Technology Act including state assistive technology programs and the national technical assistance project and restoration of funds for the protection and advocacy assistive technology programs. The task force sent a sign-on letter to the hill on behalf of Assistive Technology Act program funding.

  2. Preparing for the U.S. Access Board’s refreshment process for their guidance on Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, which requires all information technology purchased by the federal government be accessible, and Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act, which requires accessibility features in telecommunications equipment.

  ACTIVITIES
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
Comments on CMS Coverage Reminder for Speech Generating Devices
On behalf of the undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a coalition of more than 100 national disability organizations, we would like to thank CMS for the opportunity to submit comments regarding the National Coverage Determination (NCD) 50.1: Speech Generating Devices (SGD).
(December 8,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
Senate FY 2015 Appropriations for the Assistive Technology (AT) Act
On behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Technology and Telecommunications Task Force, we are writing to ask you to continue to support the inclusion of $38 million in final FY 2015 budget for the Assistive Technology (AT) Act.
(October 14,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
House FY 2015 Appropriations for the Assistive Technology (AT) Act
On behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Technology and Telecommunications Task Force, we are writing to ask you to support the inclusion of $38 million in final FY 2015 budget for the Assistive Technology (AT) Act
(October 14,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Speech Generating Device policies
On behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Technology and Telecommunications Task Force, we are writing to request your support for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ Dear Colleague letter, “Ensure ALS Patients Retain Access to Critical Communication Tools; Join letter to CMS urging clarification of recent Speech Generating Device policies,” addressed to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
(August 27,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
Higher Education Act reauthorization
On behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Technology and Telecommunications Task Force, we would like thank you for the opportunity to offer the following recommendations as you take on reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
(August 22,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
CCD AT Act Letter to House FY2015
On behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Technology and Telecommunications Task Force, the undersigned organizations are writing to ask for your support for the inclusion of $37.5 million in the FY 2015 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations (LHHS) bill for the Assistive Technology (AT) Act Programs.
(May 6,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
CCD AT Act Letter to Senate FY2015
On behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Technology and Telecommunications Task Force, the undersigned organizations are writing to ask for your support for the inclusion of $37.5 million in the FY 2015 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations (LHHS) bill for the Assistive Technology (AT) Act Programs.
(May 6,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Technology and Telecommunication Task Force
CCD Technology and Telecommunications Task Force Annual Report for 2013
(January 15,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
 
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