“Making access technology affordable is critical to ensuring that blind and seeing impaired individuals can participate fully in our communities and have equal access to every opportunity,” said Cardin. “I am proud to be a lead cosponsor on this legislation, which gives blind Marylanders, and all blind Americans, flexible economic support to help them lead full and successful lives.”
Access technology includes adapted computers, text-to-speech screen access software and electronic Braille displays used to access computers, tablets, smart phones, as well as digital content.
Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives David Young (R-IA) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA). The legislation has the support of the National Federation of the Blind.