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Nov 2, 2010

Notice of Public Hearings on the Advance Notices of Proposed
Rulemaking to Revise the ADA Implementing Regulations

The Department of Justice has scheduled three public hearings on four Advance Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRMs), which seek public comment on the possibility of revising the ADA regulations to address accessible web information and services, movie captioning and video description, accessibility of Next Generation 9-1-1, and accessible equipment and furniture. The ANPRMs were published in the Federal Register on July 26, 2010, and the comment period for them closes on January 24, 2011.

The public hearings are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

  • November 18, 2010, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., CST, at
    Access Living, 115 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654.
  • December 16, 2010, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., EST, at
    the United States Access Board, 1331 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004.
  • January 10, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., PST, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, 55 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

How to Register In Advance to Present Comments
Entities, organizations, and individuals who wish to present comments at a particular hearing are encouraged to register in advance by calling the ADA Information Line at (800) 514-0301 (Voice) or (800) 514-0383 (TTY) at least five business days in advance of the hearing date. Organizations should designate no more than one individual to speak on behalf of the organization. Commenters who are not able to testify in person will have the option to present their comments using a speaker telephone, telephone relay service, or video relay service. The Department will attempt to provide an approximate time for the receipt of comments from those who register in advance; however, persons who register in advance should report to the registration desk at the hearing at least one-half hour prior to their scheduled time in order to confirm the time and order of their presentations. Those who register to comment via speaker telephone, telephone relay service, or video relay service should be available at the number they provided during pre-registration at least one-half hour before their scheduled time.

On-Site Registration
Some time at the hearing will be reserved for those who do not register in advance. These persons may register on-site at the registration desk, which will open one hour before the hearing is scheduled to begin and will operate throughout the day. Time to make their presentations will be assigned when open slots are available.

Comments will be limited to five minutes per person or organization, but commenters who wish to may supplement their testimony with written statements that will be made part of the official hearing record. If the Department determines that there is not enough time to hear from all those wishing to present comments, the Department will select among those wishing to testify to ensure representation of a range of viewpoints and interests. A laptop computer and projection screen will be available for commenters wishing to use a PowerPoint presentation in conjunction with their testimony.

Hearing Notice: Notice of Public Hearings on ANPRMs

Federal Register Hearing Notice, October 27, 2010 (HTML) | PDF