For further information, contact,
Mark Richert, Esq.
Director, Public Policy
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
202-822-0833 mrichert@afb. net

If you use a mobile phone, watch television, use office communications equipment, enjoy described TV, or in any other way make use of today's most popular technologies, this invitation is for you!

The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), the most comprehensive disability and technology policy enacted since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, became law in October, 2010. We are asking for your help in determining how well the communications and video industries are doing to meet the expectations of the CVAA. The CVAA is intended to revolutionize the way in which people who are blind or visually impaired can fully use and enjoy today's most popular technologies, from mobile phones to tablet computers, from VoIP office telephone equipment to email and electronic messaging, from digital televisions and cable/satellite set top boxes to emergency alerts and TV programming accessibility through video description.

To periodically assess how well industry is doing to ensure the accessibility and usability of communications and video technologies, we have developed an array of surveys to help us gauge and report on the experiences, both positive and negative, of consumers with vision loss who are using these technologies today.


By taking a few minutes to respond to these surveys, you can help us track how effectively these technologies meet your needs. In addition, your responses will help AFB keep policy makers informed about how well the communications and video programming industries are doing to comply with federal law and to offer truly accessible and usable products and services.

We may share specific feedback you write with Congress, as well as the Federal Communications Commission (the agency with enforcement responsibilities for much of the subject matter covered by this survey) so that they can hear directly, but anonymously, from consumers across the country.

The more complete that your answers are, the more useful these survey results will be. If you do not have time to respond to all of the surveys right now, respond to the ones that you have time for now and come back as often as you would like to offer additional feedback.

While you can take these surveys anonymously, we do invite you to share your contact information with us, particularly if you would welcome the opportunity to speak in greater detail about the challenges you may be facing using today's communications and video technologies.

Thank you for participating in this important work, and please do share this open invitation widely with your networks.