Ensuring Access by People With Disabilities

Digital Communication in the 21st Century:

Wednesday, June 18, 2008
12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.

APT Conference Room
919 Eighteenth Street, NW * 10th Floor * Washington, DC


Karen Peltz Strauss, Moderator
Co-Chair COAT & APT Board of Directors

Jeff Kramer
Verizon Communications

Eric Bridges
American Council of the Blind

Mark Richert
American Foundation for the Blind

Lisa Hamlin
Hearing Loss Association of America

Jenifer Simpson
American Association of People With Disabilities & APT Board of Directors

Program highlights include demonstrations of Internet captioning and video descriptive services.

The Alliance for Public Technology (APT) is a nonprofit membership organization based in Washington, D.C., which was founded in 1989 to foster public policies that ensure access to advanced telecommunications technologies for all Americans. APT is the leading consumer group focused exclusively on broadband and advanced telecommunications technologies. APT can be found online at www.apt.org.

The Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) is a new coalition of over 175 national, regional, state, and community-based disability organizations. COAT advocates for legislative and regulatory safeguards that will ensure full access by people with disabilities to evolving high speed broadband, wireless and other Internet Protocol (IP) technologies. COAT can be found online at http://www.coataccess.org.

Captions are a textual equivalent of the dialogue and (significant) sound effects or non-dialogue audio.

Video Description is a system of video description which provides audio descriptions and narrations of key elements in video programming, television programming, television set-ups, or movie access.


RSVP to [email protected] or (202) 263-2970
Sign language interpreters and CART will be available upon request.