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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Public Notice this week announcing the membership of its new Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) .  We’re excited to announce that SSB’s own Sam Joehl was appointed to the committee, which will provide advice and recommendations on a wide array of disability matters  and facilitate the participation of people with disabilities in proceedings before the FCC.  The DAC is being organized under, and operated in accordance with, the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

The FCC received over 120 applications, from which they selected a well-balanced membership with a diverse and balanced mix of viewpoints representing individuals with disabilities, the communications and video programming industries, the public safety industry, trade associations, academics, researchers, and other stakeholders.

Sam brings over seven years of experience in the professional accessibility space, including four years providing direct on-site support to federal agencies. In addition, he has over two years of experience advising major telecommunications and cable providers on implementing compliance with the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), including performing audits, training on CVAA and accessibility requirements, providing consultation to large organizations on implementation of the requirements, generating recordkeeping and accessibility features documentation, and effectively rolling out CVAA compliance processes within enterprise environments. Sam has an extensive holistic knowledge of assistive technologies, accessibility standards, and solutions for accessible web, mobile and software applications, electronic documents, multimedia, mobile devices and stand-alone hardware devices, and has been an advocate for accessible technology and environments through consumer advocacy organizations and grassroots accessibility groups.

The DAC will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET, at the FCC’s headquarters, Room TW-C305 (Commission Meeting Room), 445 12thStreet, S.W., Washington, DC 20554. The meeting will be open to the public and webcast with open captioning at www.fcc.gov/live. Notice of this meeting will be published in theFederal Register.  Meeting minutes will be available for public inspection on the Committee’s website at http://www.fcc.gov/disability-advisory-committeeRead the entire Public Notice