Dec 15 2011

Access Board releases 2011 ANPRM of ICT rule

Category: AnnouncementsTim Creagan @ 3:01 pm

Here is an early holiday present!

On December 8, 2011 the Access Board has released for public comment an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) updating accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act. This latest version includes changes made in response to public feedback received on an earlier draft issued last year. It also includes several questions where additional public feedback is sought. The public comment period ends on March 7, 2012.

During the comment period, the Board will hold two public hearings, on January 11, 2012 in Washington, DC, and March 1, 2012 in San Diego, CA. A subsequent separate Federal Register notice will announce the hearings (ICT meeting notice). The hearing on January 11th will be held at the Access Board conference room at 1331 F Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The hearing on March 1st will be held at the 27th Annual CSUN conference, Manchester Grand Hyatt, One Market Place, San Diego, CA, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Persons wishing to speak at either hearing should preregister with Kathy Johnson, johnson@access-board.gov, (202) 272-0041 (v), or (202) 272-0082 (TTY).

All comments submitted during the public hearings will be posted to the rulemaking docket. After the public comment period closes, the Board will follow-up with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) which will provide an additional round of comment before the rule is finalized.

The ANPRM and related information will be available on the Board’s website and at Regulations.gov. For further information, contact Tim Creagan at creagan@access-board.gov, (202) 272-0016 (v), or (202) 272-0074 (TTY).

Tim Creagan
Sr. Accessibility Specialist
U.S. Access Board

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