National Federation of the Blind Applauds the Introduction of the Access Technology Affordability Act in the Senate
Baltimore, Maryland (February 5, 2021): The National Federation of the Blind, the premier membership and advocacy organization of blind Americans, applauds the introduction of the Access Technology Affordability Act of 2021 in the United States Senate (S. 212) by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Senator John Boozman (R-AR). This legislation removes an employment barrier commonly experienced by blind Americans who cannot afford the high cost of access technology by creating a refundable tax credit in the amount of $2,000 to be used over a three-year period to offset the cost of these technologies.
Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “My wife, my two daughters, and I are all blind, and the children’s technology needs will increase as they complete their education and start their careers. My family is not unique; blind people across the nation face this challenge, and this legislation will provide critical assistance. We thank and commend Senators Cardin and Boozman for continuing to be champions for this act, which will help give blind people the technology they need to live the lives they want.”
In addition to Cardin and Boozman, the Senate bill is cosponsored by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Richard Burr (R-NC). Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 431) by Congressmen Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Mike Kelly (R-PA).