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Qualitative Data Collected by Variable for United States of America

Country Laws and Regulations

  • General Law protecting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:

Americans with Disabilities Act

  • Definition of ICT accessibility:

Section 508

  • Definition of Reasonable Accommodation:

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

  • Universal Service Obligation includes Persons with Disabilities:

The Telecommunications Act of 1996

Country Capacity to Implement

  • Government agency for Persons with Disabilities:

Office of Disability Employment Policy, Office of Special Education Programs, National Council on Disability

  • Government agency for ICTs:

Federal Communications Commission

  • Government agency for accessible ICTs:

US General Administration Services

  • Process to involve DPOs in ICT accessibility policy making:

Federal Communications Commission/Consumer Advisory Committee -

  • Country refers to international ICT accessibility standards:


  • ICT accessibility courses available at universities or professional education services:


Country Policy and Programs Outcomes

  • Web:

-Country Policies:

- Access Board

- ADA Standards

- ABA Standards

- The Web Accessibility Initiative: W3CI

-Country Program: Government ICT Accessibility Program

  • TV and multimedia:

-Country Policies: Requirements for TVs and Internet video playback devices

The FCC established accessibility requirements for televisions, set-top boxes, and similar devices that receive or play back video programming and are manufactured, leased, or requested after December 20, 2016.Accessibility requirements apply to TVs and other devices designed to receive or play back video programming, including personal computers, tablets and smartphones with pre-installed video players or pre-installed applications for watching video programming. FCC Consumer Guide

  • Mobile telephony:

-Country Policies: 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) of 2010 - Pub. L. 111-260

  • E-books and digital contents:

-Country Policies: The Daisy Consortium

  • Promoting the Internet Availability and Usage among Persons with Disabilities:

-Country Policies:

- Internet Protocol (IP) Relay Service | (PDF)

- Accessible Internet Browsers Built into Mobile Phones | (PDF)

- FCC Consumers Guides Advanced Communications Access for Persons with Disabilities

  • Inclusive ICTs for all in education:

-Country Policies: Sec. 300.105 Assistive Technology, 41st Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2019

  • Enabling ICTs for all in employment:

-Country Policy: US Department of Labor - Employment and Training Administration

  • E-government and Smart Cities for all:

-Country Policy: e-Government Act Implementation, Smart Cities USA

  • Enabling Assistive Technologies and ICTs for independent living:

-Country Policy: Administration for Community Living- Assistive Technology Programs

Title IV of the ADA covers telephone and television access for persons with hearing and speech disabilities. It requires telephone and Internet companies to provide a nationwide system of telecommunications relay services that allow persons with hearing and speech disabilities to communicate over the telephone

  • Procurement of accessible public goods and services for all citizens:

-Country Policies: Access Board Standards, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Final Standards and Guidelines