TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONIC/INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990 (ADA) TITLE IV
Requires telephone companies to establish interstate and intrastate telephone relay services (TRS) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TRS enables callers with hearing and speech disabilities to use TDDs to communicate and to communicate through a third party communications assistant. Title IV also requires closed captioning of federally funded public service announcements.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1996
Requires manufactures of telecommunications equipment and providers of telecommunication services to ensure that the equipment and services are accessible to and usable by people with disabilities, if readily achievable.
THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973 – SECTION 508
Requires that electronic and information technology developed, maintained, procured, or used by the federal government be accessible to people with disabilities, including employees and members of the public. An accessible technology system is one that can be operated in a variety of ways and does not relay on a single sense or ability of the user; it does not preclude the use of accessibility related software or devices in order to use systems to comply with Section 508.
CALIFORNIA REGULATIONS – TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Requires that every telephone corporation must provide an accessible telecommunications device (TDD or TTY) to any telephone subscriber who is certified as hearing-impaired, free of charge. Organizations that represent hearing-impaired people are also eligible for a TDD or TTY. Common carriers must also provide telecommunications relay services to hearing or speech-impaired individuals that will allow them to communicate with those having unimpaired hearing and speech. Services must be available 24 hours per day and calls may not be limited in terms of duration or number.
CALIFORNIA REGULATIONS – EMERGENCY BROADCASTS
Television stations must transmit emergency information both orally and visually when conducted under a national, state or local level Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) plan.