Ed has fought throughout his career to break down barriers to equal opportunity for all persons with disability.
Senator Markey introduced the 21st Century Communications and Video and Accessibility Act (CVAA), which was signed into law by President Obama in October 2010. The legislation’s mission was to update accessibility laws from the 1980s and 90s and make them current with today’s technology, promoting equitable use for people with disabilities.
Senator Markey has worked to ensure equal access to communication services and video programming, including video communication, email, text, and instant messaging.
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Equal access to a quality education is necessary to level the playing field for our children. That’s why Senator Markey reintroduced the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in October 2019 to ensure that visual and hearing-impaired students receive the proper educational accommodations and increase the effectiveness of services for students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind. The legislation would also enhance reporting and evaluation for special education in each state, while increasing training for teachers and special education professionals.
There are at least 20.6 million Americans who experience vision loss, preventing them from reading important prescription drug label information. That’s why Senator Markey has fought to ensure their safety by urging pharmacies to make prescription drug label information accessible to patients who are blind, visually-impaired, or elderly with deteriorating vision.