Legislation Corner Site Index

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How Accessible Content Can Reach A Wider Audience

Accessible content removes the barriers that prevent individuals with disabilities from accessing online content. In America, around 20% of the population has some form of a disability.  The electric toothbrush was originally created for people with motor impairment.  Today it is an accommodation that benefits everyone.  Wheelchair ramps were created for people using wheelchairs.  Today our suitcases have wheels; ramps are sometimes easier than stairs. Please CLICK on the following link: How Accessible Content Can Reach a Wider Audience

Sections 508 and 504: Closed Captioning and Web Accessibility requirements

The Rehabilitation Act, enacted in 1973, is a federal anti-discrimination law that implicates federal and federally funded programs in their treatment of individuals with disabilities. This law replaced and expanded the Vocational Rehabilitation Act to broaden both the protection of individuals with disabilities and the funding for disability programs and services. Please CLICK on the following link: Sections 508 And 504

The Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act 

This was introduced into the Senate on October 23, 2019.  "This bill will promote and ensure delivery of high-quality special education and related services to students with visual disabilities or who are deaf or hard of hearing or deaf-blind through instructional methodologies meeting their unique learning needs, to enhance accountability for the provision of such services and for other purposes." Please CLICK on the following link to read about the Bill: Details 

Follow the Bill here: The Bill  and also here: The Bill

The Alice Cogwell an Anne Sullivan Macy Act is extremely important because the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) and other stakeholders across the state will be searching for sponsors and co-sponsors in the House and Senate to introduce similar legislation in Kentucky.   We will need everyone contacting their representatives and senators at that time!!!

Kentucky Legislation Important Links

In order to keep our readers up to date on current legislation that impact the deaf and hard of hearing communities in Kentucky, we have included the following links that will allow free subscription access to receive alerts of important bills and Active Regulations (KARs), as well as to track their progress. Other information such as "Who Is My Legislator" and seeing what others are doing at a national level is also included: 

Bill Watch: On this Kentucky.gov site,  an individual can register for free and set up alerts in order to be notified about bills, as well as being able to track their progress: Bill Watch: 

RegWatch: On this Kentucky.gov site, an individual can track administrative regulations (KARs) by just signing up. Once  signed up, it allows the individual to select who he/she wants to receive regulation updates/new ones from eg. Education, Workforce Development. Each and every agency and cabinet is in there, and the individual can sign up for as many as required: RegWatch

Kentucky General Assembly Website: This website holds a lot of useful information. Right now, an indivual can go to this site and click on bills, look at all of the 2020 Regular Session Prefiled bills by date, senate/house sponsor, or by index: Kentucky General Assembly Website

LegiScan: This is a national website. It is always interesting to see what others are doing at the national level and see what they report we, in Kentucky, are doing: LegiScan

The Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act of 2019

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act of 2019 (HR 4056/S.2446) will remove “unnecessary barriers, allowing patients to receive appropriate, timely, and cost-effective audiologic care.” Currently, Medicare requires a physician order for patients to see an audiologist—and covers only diagnostic services provided by the audiologist without allowing for follow-up treatment or a plan of care. This legislation is designed to improve outcomes for beneficiaries by allowing direct access to audiologic services and streamlining Medicare coverage policies so that audiologists can provide the full range of diagnostic and treatment services covered by Medicare that correspond to their scope of practice. Importantly, the legislation will also reclassify audiologists as practitioners, which is consistent with the way Medicare recognizes other non-physician providers, such as clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, and advanced-practice registered nurses. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: About The Act 

Follow the Bill here: The Bill


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