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Friday, October 8, 2010

President To Sign 2010 Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act

President Obama will sign the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 into law today and deliver brief remarks on the impact of this law on people with disabilities. This event in the East Room will be open press and streamed on whitehouse.gov/live.

The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 will update current law to increase access to internet, television and telecommunications technologies using such tools as closed captioning and video description. The Act also will help improve delivery of emergency information during a disaster or crisis to ensure that no person with a disability is without the necessary information. It also will help increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

On Tuesday, the President signed into law Rosa’s Law. Rosa’s Law replaces the term “mentally retarded” with “an individual with an intellectual disability” and “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability,” where applicable in federal statutes. Rosa’s Law does not alter eligibility of services nor lead to a diminution of rights for these individuals.

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