Title IV – Telecommunications

Title IV of the ADA amends the Communications Act of 1934 to require that telephone companies provide telecommunication relay services. The relay services must provide speech-impaired or hearing-impaired individuals who use TDDs (Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf), or other non-voice terminal devices, opportunities for communication that are equivalent to those provided to other customers. Also covered under ADA Title IV are Closed-Captioning services; namely, televisions 13 inches or more in size must have closed-captioning capabilities.


On October 8, 2010, President Obama signed this law to ensure that Americans with disabilities can participate more fully into society and enjoy all that new technologies have to offer—especially Internet-based and mobile services.

The new law will make it easier for people who are deaf, blind or have low vision to access the Internet, smart phones, television programming and video technologies. The law will also make sure that emergency information is accessible to people who are blind or have low vision. In addition, $10 million per year will be allocated from the Interstate Relay Service Fund for equipment used by people who are deaf or blind.

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