On the eve of the first meeting of the U.S. Access Board's Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee (www.access-board.gov/news/508committee.htm), a new book was released and a book signing held to commemorate the event. TIA was present at the event. The new book, "A New Civil Right: Telecommunications Equality for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Americans," by Karen Pelz Strauss, is mandatory reading for anyone who wants to learn about the struggles related to accessibility over the last 25 years. Congressman Edward J. Markey, Ranking Democrat, House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, stated, "Telecommunications technology can enable and ennoble the lives of millions, but only if our laws animate such technologies with human values to ensure universal access and inclusion. Karen Pelz Strauss, a tireless ally in expanding disability access to new technologies, presents a wonderful history about the inexorable march of innovation and the ongoing struggles to bring its wonders to all sectors of society." Former FCC Chairman William Kenard noted, "The lessons revealed in the pages of this book offer a compelling roadmap to those who are willing to take up this challenge in the decades to come." A selection from the book can be viewed online at http://gupress.gallaudet.edu/excerpts/ANCR.html.
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