Congress: Internet Not Accessable for Disabled

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House is marking the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by approving legislation to ensure that those with disabilities have equal access to the Internet and television.

The measure takes such steps as making it easier for the blind to access the Internet from smart phones, providing people who are deaf the ability to watch new TV programs online with captions included, and requiring that telecom equipment used to make calls over the Internet be compatible with hearing aids.

The legislation was taken up Monday as the House commemorated the 20th anniversary of President George H.W. Bush signing into law the landmark bill assuring that those with disabilities have equal access to public places.

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