Technology can level the playing field for people who are blind or partially sighted – but only when it’s accessible, available and affordable. To help make this a reality, CNIB is working on a bold and ambitious advocacy campaign that will coincide with the federal election in October. Titled “TechNow!”, the campaign seeks to ensure that all aspects of federal 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.
To ensure that accessible adaptive technology and programs are top-of-mind for MP candidates, CNIB is hosting town halls across the country during the federal writ period. The town halls will provide an opportunity for clients, volunteers, advocates, and other community members to join forces and ask their local MP candidates questions about the “TechNow!” campaign. Are you interested in hearing what your local MP candidates have to say? Join us at a town hall event near you.
Ahead of the federal election, CNIB wrote to all major Party Leaders asking them to publicly recognize the immediate need to ensure that all aspects of the federal government are complemented with accessible adaptive technology and programs.
CNIB is a non-partisan entity and we present the following summary of responses in the spirit of unbiased information sharing. Below, you can read the responses in the order we received them.
Bloc Quebecois Response - September 16, 2019