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Resources for Advocates
Below are some key messages to convey when speaking to federal candidates and community members about CNIB’s “TechNow” advocacy campaign:
- With the Accessible Canada Act now in effect, CNIB plans to work closely with the federal government to ensure that barriers are prevented and removed for Canadians with sight loss.
- Technology can level the playing field for people who are blind or partially sighted – but only when it’s accessible, available and affordable.
- Technology is central for allowing Canadians with sight loss to live their lives independently.
- The federal government should be funding cutting-edge technology that Canadians who are blind or partially sighted need and want.
- By investing in accessible adaptive technology and programs, the Government of Canada will become a global leader in improving the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted.
- Ahead of the federal election on October 21, CNIB is asking all parties to publicly recognize the immediate need of ensuring all aspects of federal government are complemented with accessible adaptive technology and programs, including:
- a commitment that the federal government will work with the provincial governments to establish a role for the federal government in the creation and deployment of a national assistive devices;
- a commitment that the federal government will enhance the availability and affordability of internet access for Canadians with sight loss – including mobile data plans and home internet access;
- a commitment that the federal government will invest in beacon way-finding technology offered at all Government of Canada buildings, parks and in public transit facilities that have been funded with federal dollars;
- a commitment that the federal government will only procure materials, devices, facilities, services and systems if they are fully accessible for Canadians with sight loss.
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