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2000-09: the provision of alternate formats

Whereas the main problem in the lives of blind and vision impaired individuals is the difficulty in accessing information and

Whereas the primary duties of the organizations of and for the blind is sure to act as an example for all institutions in society in terms of making information they produce available, and

Whereas blind and vision impaired individuals have differing needs for accessing information so that no single format is appropriate for all individuals,
and whereas the phrase 'multiple formats' refers to regular and large print, audio cassette, computer disk, Braille, e-mail, and any other format which may emerge for the purpose of conveying information, and

Whereas the right to equal access of information implies that information should be available in multiple formats simultaneously and at the same price,

Therefore Be it resolved by the membership of the NFB:AE that
1. The NFB:AE will provide requested information in the preferred format of the party making the request and if a charge is applied for the information concerned, the same charge will be levied irrespective of the format and.

2. whenever the NFB:AE chooses or is obliged to issue a communication to its members in writing the NFB:AE will issue the communication both in print to comply with applicable law and what ever other format a given member prefers if that format is not print and

3. The above provisions will not be applied if the board determines that.
a) The rendering of a given document in a given format is impossible or would make the information unintelligible,
b) the rendering of information in a particular format is prevented by law
c (the distribution of a document in a particular format would not be secure or would expose the organization to potential liabilities
d) the rendering of the document in a particular format would impose a demonstrably onerous financial burden on the organization and would impair it's ability to offer core programs or services.