U.S. Department of Justice: 2010 Advance Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRMs)

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For the remainder of 2010 the U.S. Department of Justice has issued four advance notices of 
proposed rulemaking (ANPRMs). They seek public comment on: 


  • Accessibility of Web Information and Services Covered by the ADA
  • Movie Captioning and Video Description
  • Accessibility of Next Generation 9-1-1 
  • Equipment and Furniture


Web Accessibility

State and local governments, businesses, educators, and other 
organizations covered by the ADA are increasingly using the web to 
provide information, goods, and services to the public. In the web 
accessibility ANPRM, the department presents for public comment a 
series of questions seeking input regarding how the department can 
develop a workable framework for website access that provides 
individuals with disabilities access to the critical information, 
programs, and services provided on the web, while respecting the unique 
characteristics of the internet and its transformative impact on 
everyday life.


Next Generation (NG) 9-1-1

9-1-1 centers are moving towards an Internet-enabled network to allow 
the general public to make a 9-1-1 “call” via voice, text, or video 
over the Internet and directly communicate with personnel at the 
centers. The NG 9-1-1 ANPRM seeks information on how the centers may 
be able to provide direct access to 9-1-1 for individuals with 
disabilities as they implement new communication technologies.


Captioning and Video Description in Movies Shown in Movie Theaters

Recent technologies have been developed to provide closed captions and 
video description in movies being shown at movie theaters. Movie 
studios have begun to produce and distribute movies with captioning and 
video description. However, these features are not generally made 
available at movie theaters. In the captioning and video description 
ANPRM, the department asks for suggestions regarding the kind of 
accessibility requirements for captioning and video description it 
should consider as proposed rules for public comments, particularly in 
light of the industry’s conversion to digital technology.


Equipment and Furniture

Full use of the nation’s built environment can only be fully achieved 
by the use of accessible equipment. There is now improved 
availability of many different types of accessible equipment and 
furniture, ranging from accessible medical exam tables, chairs, scales, 
and radiological equipment and furniture to “talking” ATMs and 
interactive kiosks. In the equipment and furniture ANPRM, the 
department poses questions and seeks comments from the public, covered 
entities, equipment manufacturers, advocacy and trade groups about the 
nature of accessibility issues and proposed solutions for making 
equipment and furniture accessible to persons with disabilities.


Details on the ANPRMs are available on the DOJ web site:

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