R.I. deaf and blind communities applaud new legislation

Providence, RI – Members of Rhode Island's deaf and blind communities gathered Tuesday to celebrate changes that will make new technology more accessible.

President Obama signed the bill last Friday that requires phones, televisions and Internet content to be more accessible to the deaf and blind.

This means TV shows streamed online will soon have closed captioning, Internet phone systems will be compatible with hearing aids, and television remote controls will display easy to find buttons to activate closed captioning.

The bill also earmarks up to $10 million to help the deaf and blind with a low income, access the Internet and other devices.

The head of the state's commission on the deaf and hard of hearing says these improvements will help Rhode Island's more than 90,000 hearing impaired residents.

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