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Celebrating the CVAA

October 7 marked the 10th Anniversary of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. “In addition to requiring smartphones be made accessible to consumers who are blind and visually impaired, the CVAA also created, for the first time, regulations that provide audio-described content on major broadcast and cable networks.” American Council of the Blind celebrated with an online conversation with three leaders from the communications industry, Larry Goldberg of Verizon Media, Susan Mizrui of AT&T and Tom Wlodkowski of Comcast/Xfinity. What’s happened in those ten years? The communications field has moved from “do we have to” (compliance) to “how do we do it better” (how do we anticipate barriers that will arise); from creating access to making accessibility part of daily life for everyone; and advances like a talking touchscreen on refrigerators, a Peloton bike that makes it possible to participate in a workout, accessible stock charts and a blind fantasy football league. CVAA anniversary