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2012-04: Promoting Awareness of Alternative Formats

Whereas access to information in usable formats by blind, deafblind and partially sighted individuals is essential to fostering the full and active participation and engagement in all aspects of our personal and public lives;

Whereas publically regulated organizations such as Financial Institutions and Telecommunications companies etc., have an obligation to make information available and accessible to serve the needs of their clients and constituents in required formats;

Whereas publically funded organizations such as Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments have an obligation to make information available and accessible to serve the needs of their clients and constituents in required formats;

Be it resolved that AEBC encourage all publically regulated and publically funded organizations to:

a)    Notify their clients and constituents through channels, to inform people of their right to ask and receive information in accessible formats (audio, braille, large print, eText, and accessible PDF) prominently through each channel; and

b)    Use other measures such as newsletters, public service announcements, website Q&As and other measures designed to reach people with print disabilities and evaluate the effectiveness of each initiative.