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  • 1996 - The Telecommunications Act of 1996 is signed into law by President Bill Clinton. 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]


Births

  • 1924 - Lisel Mueller, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, is born. Mueller won the award for Alive Together:New and Selected Poems in which she wrote a long poem addressed to Helen Keller.[2] Re-released in 1998, her work, Dependencies, spoke about the experience of aging and disability. Mueller had glaucoma and cataracts.


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References

  1. http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/cguide.htm#anchor63109
  2. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment/april97/mueller_4-14.html
  3. George de Mestral. National Inventors Hall of Fame. Accesses March 7, 2008.
  4. Velvet Type Fabric and Method of Producing Same. U.S. Patent #2,717,437. September 13, 1955.