[games_access] Important Question: What is our meta aim?

Thomas Westin thomas at westin.nu
Wed Jan 7 08:55:30 EST 2015

Hi all,

Here is some interesting stuff from NAD via Dan;
- I knew about the communication services part (I think it was brought up on this list by someone in 2010 or so), but I wasn’t aware of a waiver with a deadline. This will be interesting to follow-up in October/November:

> Dear Mr. Fischbach,
> Thank you for contacting the NAD. We fully support making games accessible for people with disabilities. We're not aware of any efforts in Congress or at the Department of Justice addressing video games accessibility. 
> However, under the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, advanced communications services are required to be accessible to people with disabilities. We have made arguments before the FCC that many online games are primarily used for advanced communications services and thus should be made accessible. However, the FCC is still working on the ACS rules and actually granted a temporary waiver until October 2015 for games where ACS is a primary or co-primary purpose to the Entertainment Software Association.
> Please let us know of any efforts to make games more accessible.
> Sincerely,
> Andrew Phillips

Best regards,

7Jan 2015 kl. 10:09 skrev Thomas Westin <thomas at westin.nu>:

> Dan recently volunteered to find out more about this situation in the US (as I am based in Sweden), and we will hopefully be able to share some results of that soon. 

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