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Obama signs bill expanding tech access for disabled

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act signed into law
  • The measure will help improve closed captioning and video description services
  • President says the new law is about equal access and opportunity
  • Stevie Wonder, key legislators attended the bill signing ceremony

Washington (CNN) -- President Obama signed legislation Friday designed to expand access to television, the internet and various other telecommunications technologies for Americans with disabilities.

The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act is designed, among other things, to update closed captioning and video description services. It is also meant to improve the dissemination of emergency information to people with disabilities in the event of a crisis.

The law is about "equal access, equal opportunity and equal respect for every American," Obama said at the White House. "Each of us has a role to play in our economy" and can "contribute to the American story."

Before signing the measure, the president noted that 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act.

This ongoing "fight for progress isn't about sympathy," he said. "It's about opportunity."

A number of key legislators attended the bill signing ceremony, along with performer Stevie Wonder.

 
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