Welcome to our Disability Rights Office home page. It is a very high priority
with us that people with disabilities--such as a hearing, visual, speech, or
other types of disability--get the same opportunities as everyone else to
telecommunicate. This website features information and resources on:
This page contains the latest notices, public notices, orders, and news releases at a glance.
The FCC implements Title IV of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) which covers
Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS). TRS enables a person with a hearing or speech
disability to access the telephone system and communicate with persons without such a
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has rules requiring
telecommunications manufacturers and service providers to make their
products and services accessible to people with disabilities, if readily
achievable. Our rules implement Section 255 of the Communications Act.
CLOSED CAPTIONING (47 CFR § 79.1)
The FCC implements the Closed Captioning requirements of the Telecommunications
Act, found in Section 713, to make sure that more and more television is made
accessible for people who are hard of hearing or deaf. Closed captioning is a
technology that provides visual text to describe dialogue, background noise,
and sound effects on television programming.
ACCESS TO EMERGENCY INFORMATION ON TELEVISION (47 CFR § 79.2)
The FCC implements rules that require broadcasters, cable operators, and other multichannel
video programming distributors to make emergency information (e.g., pertaining to storms,
school closings, and other emergencies) that they provide to their viewers accessible to persons
with hearing and vision disabilities.
The FCC Section 504 Programs & Activities Accessibility
Handbook (Section 504 Handbook) is a collection of guidelines, information,
and procedures to ensure that the Commission is accessible to individuals
with disabilities. The content of this handbook is designed to assist Commission
personnel in their efforts to provide such accessibility.
Voice Over Internet Protocol.
Hearing Aid Compatibility.
DISABILITY INDEX . . . .
Thomas Chandler, Chief
Cheryl King, Deputy Chief