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2001-12: Active Advocacy for the Implementation of Accessible Pedestrian Signals

WHEREAS Canadians with disabilities are guaranteed, in Federal and Provincial Charters of rights and freedoms, equal access to the information, goods and services provided to all members of the public; and

WHEREAS signalized intersections and pedestrian crossings provide clear visual information to vehicle users and pedestrians, it is seldom accessible to blind and deaf-blind persons; and whereas accessible pedestrian signals have been accepted environmental features in many countries for three decades, being Considered by traffic control engineers as both, essential for the safety and independence of blind persons, and reducing pedestrian hesitation or delay thus facilitating a steady vehicular flow at signalized intersections; and

WHEREAS there are several accessible pedestrian signal systems, now manufactured and available in North America and whereas there are many communities across Canada, where blind and deaf-blind persons have worked diligently, advocating their local authorities for the installation of accessible pedestrian signals, success has been slow and limited. The major barriers being, lack of awareness and understanding of the right to the same information provided for the safety of the sighted public, The confusion created by the division of opinion within the consumer and the service provider and the lack of commitment to develop national standards, guidelines and regulations governing the use of APS.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the NFB: A.E. in Convention assembled at the university of British Columbia, Vancouver, May 2001, NFB: AE shall actively advocate, promote and support the widespread implementation of Accessible pedestrian signal systems at all signal controlled intersections or controlled pedestrian crossings.

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