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More business: Expansion of the Americans with Disabilities Act will also benefit the security industry

Technology Rights. In this photo taken on Nov. 11, 2010, 43-year-old Peter Berg who lost his vision to diabetes in his 20s, works at his office in Chicago. Using software that reads content to him, he can surf websites for work, check Facebook and pay his bills online. But he hit a wall while trying to set up an account on a popular website that allows electronic money transfers. "You needed to click on something, and it wasn't identifiable to the screen reader," said Berg, who provides technical assistance about the Americans with Disabilities Act. An effort to update the ADA begins Thursday Nov. 18, 2010 with a Justice Department hearing in Chicago. Twenty years after it was adopted, the government wants to move the law beyond wheelchair ramps and accessible elevators into cyberspace and personal technology. Proposals will include many more websites programmed to speak to blind users. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO – Emergency call centers could be equipped to communicate by text message. Websites might need to be programmed to speak to blind users. Movie theaters might have to install technology to allow the deaf to read captions on small screens mounted at their seats.

These and other proposals will be on the agenda this week as federal officials begin seeking ideas for expanding the Americans with Disabilities Act. Twenty years after the law was adopted, the government wants to move the regulations beyond wheelchair ramps and accessible elevators into cyberspace and personal technology.

The updated regulations could mean sweeping changes across many industries and cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

An estimated 40 million blind and deaf Americans stand to reap the biggest benefits, including…READ MORE HERE