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Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009 (H.R. 3101)

On Friday afternoon, June 26, 2009 Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced comprehensive legislation to ensure that people with disabilities have access to Internet-based telecommunications and video programming technologies. The bill, the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009 (H.R. 3101), would.

ACTION STEPS

  1. Contact your Member of the United States House of Representatives. Ask him or her to cosponsor H.R. 3101. Be sure to telephone, send E-mail, and a letter. Find your Member at https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
  2. Write your two U.S. Senators and ask them to sponsor and introduce a similar bill to H.R. 3101. Find your Senators at http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
  3. Use the bullet points above as appropriate in letters and include any personal stories about lack of access.
  4. Thank Rep. Ed Markey for his leadership by using the Email Contact form at http://markey.house.gov/index.php?option=com_email_form&Itemid=124
  5. You can find a copy of this legislation on http://www.thomas.gov/ soon by typing in the bill number -- H.R. 3101.
  6. Pass this Action Alert along to others and encourage them to send letters, E-mails, make phone calls and to complete online contact forms. Be sure to mention "H.R. 3101" in any text or calls made.
  7. If possible, please send a copy to COAT of any letters you send: COAT, c/o AAPD, 1629 K Street NW, Suite 950, Washington, DC 20006.

These Action Steps should continue until there is a new COAT alert!

The Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) is a broad-based cross-disability coalition of more than 240 national, regional, and community-based groups working together for information age equity for people with disabilities. COAT also has seven International Friends. You can find additional information about COAT and supporting material describing the purposes and provisions of COAT's proposed legislation at http://www.coataccess.org/.

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