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FCC Announces Anticipated Renewal of Its Disability Advisory Committee and Solicits Nominations for Membership

September 1, 2022
Source: Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

By this Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission), consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), announces its intent to recharter the Disability Advisory Committee (DAC or Committee).  The Commission intends to recharter the DAC for a period of two (2) years following consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration.  By this Public Notice, we seek nominations for membership.


The mission of the Committee is to make recommendations to the Commission regarding disability issues specified by the Commission.  Disability issues addressed by the Commission include advanced communications services and equipment, access to 911, hearing aid compatibility, the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, telecommunications relay services, telecommunications services and equipment, access to televised emergency information, accessible user interfaces on video programming apparatus and access to program guides and menus provided by navigation devices, audio description, and closed captioning. 

The DAC would provide recommendations to the Commission on disability access issues as specified by the Commission, gather data and information, and perform those analyses that are necessary to respond to the questions or matters before it.


Members will serve at the discretion of the Chairperson of the FCC.  Members will be encouraged to participate in deliberations of at least one (1) informal subcommittee or subgroup, if any are established.  The time commitment for participation in any informal subcommittee or other subgroup may be substantial.  However, subcommittee or other subgroup meetings may be conducted informally, using suitable technology to facilitate the meetings, subject to oversight by the Designated Federal Officer of the DAC.  The Commission will determine the appropriate Committee size necessary to effectively accomplish the Committee’s work.

Meetings of the full Committee shall be open to the public and timely notice of each meeting shall be published in the Federal Register and shall be further publicized through other appropriate vehicles.  All meetings will be fully accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Applications Due:  Friday, October 14, 2022

On August 31, 2022, the FCC released a Public Notice to announce the anticipated renewal of its Disability Advisory Committee (DAC), and to invite applications for membership to the DAC.

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For general information, visit  For specific questions, please contact Joshua Mendelsohn, DAC Designated Federal Officer, Disability Rights Office, at 202-559-7304 or