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Government & Advocacy

  • March 5 - Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 becomes effective. It requires "manufacturers of telecommunications equipment and providers of telecommunications services to ensure that such equipment and services are accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities, if readily achievable. [1]
  • August 7 - President William J. Clinton signed the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. Its purpose is to train underserved and underemployed populations, such as people with disabilities, for entry into the workforce. This Act is also known as Public Law 105-220.


  • March 6 - March 13 - Deaf President Now (DPN), a student-led protest at Gallaudet University begins with the Board of Trustees announces that a hearing individual was chosen over several deaf candidates to be the next university president. DPN supporters believed that the world's only university for deaf and hard of hearing students should be run by a person who was deaf and began a week-long protest. The protest ended with the Board of Trustees announcing that Dr. I. King Jordan would instead become the first deaf president of the university. "It also was a unique coming together of Gallaudet students, faculty and staff with the national deaf community—all bound by clear and defined goals." [3]



  1. A Guide to Disability Rights Laws U.S. Department of Justice. September, 2005. Accessed on February 1, 2008.
  2. "No. 97-156." FindLaw. 2008. Accessed on May 19, 2008.
  3. Deaf President Now Anniversay. Gallaudet University. Accessed March 5, 2008.