2020 Legislative Updates

Legislative Agenda of Blind Americans:
Priorities for the 116th Congress, Second Session
The 2020 Legislative Agenda of Blind Americans addresses:
•Access Technology Affordability Act (ATAA) (H.R. 2086/S. 815)
•Greater Access and Independence through Nonvisual Access Technology (GAIN) Act (H.R. 3929)
•Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education (AIM HIGH) Act (H.R. 5312/S. 3095)

The Access Technology Affordability Act (ATAA) (H.R. 2086/S. 815)
The cost of critically needed access technology is out of reach for most blind Americans. By providing a refundable tax credit for qualifying purchases, Congress will stimulate individual procurement of this technology and promote affordability of these tools.

 

The Greater Access and Independence through Nonvisual Access Technology (GAIN) Act (H.R. 3929)

Advanced digital interfaces create barriers that prevent blind individuals from independently operating essential devices that enhance quality of life. Congress must end the digital divide that threatens the independence of blind Americans by developing minimum accessibility requirements for such devices.

 

The Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education (AIM HIGH) Act (H.R. 5312/S. 3095)

Until a market-driven solution for accessible instructional materials is achieved, blind college students are denied access to critical course content. The AIM HIGH Act will remove these barriers to equality in the classroom by creating a set of guidelines that clearly define accessible instructional materials.

 

THESE PRIORITIES WILL REMOVE OBSTACLES TO EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, AND INDEPENDENT LIVING. WE URGE CONGRESS TO SUPPORT OUR LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES.