[Nfbnet-members-list] Legislative Alert 10/06/2021

Flynt, Stephanie sflynt at nfb.org
Wed Oct 6 19:55:44 UTC 2021

Dear Federation Family:

On July 29, Rep. Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced the Medical Device Nonvisual Accessibility Act (MDNA), H.R. 4853 in the House of Representatives. With the rapid advancements in medical technology, it is absolutely paramount that manufacturers of medical devices incorporate nonvisual access into their products. As it currently stands, most newer models of home-use medical devices, such as glucose and blood pressure monitors, along with the emergence of in-home devices that offer medical care options, such as chemotherapy treatments and dialysis, require that consumers interact with a digital display or other interfaces. This new technology has been and continues to be developed and deployed without nonvisual accessibility.

The Medical Device Nonvisual Accessibility Act will eliminate this barrier by authorizing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish a minimum nonvisual access standard for all Class II and Class III medical devices, which include all of the devices listed above, as well as digital thermometers, oximeters, and many more. The FDA will consult with stakeholders who represent people with disabilities and medical device manufacturers as a part of this process.

We encourage you to contact your representative as soon as possible and urge them to cosponsor H.R. 4853.

When you call or email, you might say the following:

"Hello, I'm [YOUR NAME], and I am a constituent of [REPRESENTATIVE NAME]. I live in [CITY, STATE]. I would like to urge [REPRESENTATIVE NAME] to cosponsor the Medical Device Nonvisual Accessibility Act (H.R. 4853). This legislation authorizes the FDA to establish a minimum nonvisual access standard for home use medical devices so that blind people can operate them safely and independently.


You can contact your member of Congress by calling the Capitol Switchboard and asking for the office in question. The number is 202-224-3121. If you email your representative, please copy John Pare at jpare at nfb.org<mailto:jpare at nfb.org>. Your calls and emails do make a difference.

A list of legislative directors is attached to this email, but if you need help finding the contact for your member of Congress, please email Jesa Medders at jmedders at nfb.org<https://nfb.org/civicrm/mailing/url?u=22485&qid=5845897> and she will find the appropriate staff member for you to email. Additionally, you will find the list of current cosponsors pasted below.

Thank you for your great advocacy!

Federationally Yours,
Stephanie Flynt

Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]
Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2]
Rep. Ross, Deborah K. [D-NC-2]
Rep. Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11]
Rep. Morelle, Joseph D. [D-NY-25]
Rep. Cárdenas, Tony [D-CA-29]


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