History of CVAA and COAT

On October 8, 2010, President Obama signed the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) into law. The CVAA updated federal communications law to increase the access of persons with disabilities to modern communications. The CVAA made sure that accessibility laws enacted in the 1980s and 1990s were brought up to date with 21st century technologies, including new digital, broadband, and mobile innovations.  This could not have been impossible without the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technologies (COAT) whom were individuals and organizations that advocated and spearheaded the passage of CVAA.

As time went on, the original members of COAT, community members, and congress people recognized that our current laws including CVAA were not able to keep up with the fast-paced technological changes that our society has witnessed over the past decade. The new law will contain groundbreaking protections to enable people with disabilities to access broadband, digital, mobile, and emerging innovations.

As the CVTA Bill makes its way through Congress and our community members, key stakeholders including some of the original organizations in COAT have begun to convene to spearhead the passage of CVTA to strengthen federal communication law toward accessibility.

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