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2011-02: Accessibility as Procurement Requirement

Whereas the Government of Canada publicly endorses the rights of all citizens to have equal access to all sources of information as well as programs and services in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Human Rights Act and the 1998 S5 Amendment to the Human Rights Act addresses the duty to accommodate the equitable delivery of services to the public with particular reference to people with disabilities and Treasury Board Communication Policies prescribe the use of all reasonable measures to ensure that people with disabilities receive the information and accommodations they need to participate in the social and economic mainstream of Canadian Life;

Therefore be it resolved that AEBC lobby the Federal Government for adoption of accessibility as a mandatory requirement in the procurement and contracting process for all new Federal Government information, communications and technology purchases to ensure that blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted people are able to participate and communicate fully in Canada’s social and economic mainstream; and

Be it resolved that measures are taken to ensure that blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted people are informed through formats and channels to ensure that we all may have access to the benefits of public initiatives.