White text on blue background The Federal Communications Commission will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), and its importance in building a more accessible telecommunications world for people with disabilities, with a public program on October 8, 2020. The event starts at 2 p.m. ET and lasts 2 hours. It will be virtual and can be viewed online at www.fcc.gov/live.

During the event, winners of 2020 Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman’s AAA) will be recognized for their contributions to the advancement of accessible communications.  In addition to the awards ceremony, the event will include a panel discussion on the CVAA’s major milestones and a look at the challenges that lie ahead.  The Panel will feature the FCC’s: Diane Burstein, Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB); Suzy Rosen Singleton, Chief, CGB Disability Rights Office (DRO) and Will Schell, Attorney-Advisor, DRO; and the co-chairs of the Disability Advisory Committee, Isidore Niyongabo and Brian Scarpelli. 

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EDT)
Panel Discussion on CVAA Milestones 

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. (EDT)

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EDT)
The Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman’s AAA)

In previous years, the Chairman’s AAA has honored emerging and innovative technologies. Because this year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 10th anniversary of the CVAA, the Chairman’s AAA will be very special, because they will recognize individuals who have made lasting and impactful contributions to the advancement of accessible communications technologies and services in the fields of policy, advocacy, research, and design.

We invite you to attend this event. No registration is required, just go to www.fcc.gov/live on October 8th.  To ask questions during the panel session, please e-mail your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



- “Save the Date: FCC Will Celebrate the 10TH Anniversary of the CVAA.” Federal Communications Commission, September 14, 2020, https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-366867A1.docx

- “Chairman's Awards for Advancements in Accessibility.” Federal Communications Commission, https://www.fcc.gov/general/chairmans-awards-advancements-accessibility


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