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Accessible Information Technology: An Overview of the Current State of Federal and State Laws and Policies

This paper provides an overview of the current state of federal and state laws and policies relating to accessible information technology. The paper traces existing federal mandates under Section 504, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996; Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and the Help America Vote Act of 2002, as well as laws such as the Hearing Aid Compatibility Act of 1988. It briefly addresses current litigation involving accessible information technology. It also identifies problems with existing legislation or regulations that need to be addressed by Congress and the Executive Branch. In addition, the paper reviews state initiatives related to accessible information technology.

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