The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) seeks to work as a convener, connector, and catalyst for change by focusing on political aspects for the inclusion of peoples with disabilities. As a founding member of the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT), AAPD worked to ensure that legislative and regulatory safeguards were put in place so people with disabilities could gain greater access to evolving high-speed broadband, wireless, and other Internet-based technologies. We were instrumental in working to update the Communications Act with the protections and provisions included in the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. We continue to monitor, propose, and support legislation that enables people with disabilities with improved access to emerging technology. This web page offers information and advocacy on legislation, technology forums, assistive technology, coalitions (eg., National Council on Independent Living Technology Task Force), and communications.