May 2, 2008 By News Report
The Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) is pleased to announce that Russell Harvard, a deaf Hollywood actor from Austin, Texas, appearing in the double-academy award winning There Will Be Blood, testified Thursday at a House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet hearing on the proposed draft of "Enhancing Access to Broadband Technology and Services for Persons with Disabilities."
Other witnesses include Jamaal Anderson, defensive end and 2007 first round draft pick of the NFL Atlanta Falcons whose father is a leading deaf educator and former board member of Gallaudet University; and Sergeant Major Jesse Acosta, a distinguished army veteran whose vision was seriously injured in Iraq.
The three celebrity and hero witnesses are testifying to the need for passage of legislation to ensure that, as our nation migrates from legacy telephone and television products to more versatile and innovative digital and Internet-based communications and video programming, people with disabilities must benefit like everyone else. In addition to generally requiring access to Internet-based communications services, legislative action is needed to achieve the following:
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