RESOLUTION 2010-18

Braille Manuals
AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND
RESOLUTION 2010-18

SUMMARY:

1. That this organization joins with our affiliate, the Braille Revival League to strongly urge manufacturers of hardware and software designed specifically to be used by people who are blind to make a commitment to provide training materials in hard copy Braille rather than assuming that electronic materials are sufficient.

2. Copies of this resolution be sent to all blindness-specific hardware and software producers who exhibit at the American Council of the Blind and to all the officers of the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA).

WHEREAS, there is an expectation by all of those people who buy hardware or software that they will be able to access instruction manuals in a format that makes it easy for them to effectively acquire the information that is contained in such documentation; and

WHEREAS, many readers of braille find it more effective to read manuals if they are available in hard copy braille;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled at the Downtown Sheraton Hotel in Phoenix, Ariz., on the 16th day of July, 2010, that this organization joins with its affiliate, the Braille Revival League, to strongly urge manufacturers of hardware and software designed specifically to be used by people who are blind to make a commitment to provide training materials in hard copy braille upon request, rather than assuming that electronic materials are sufficient; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be sent to all blindness-specific hardware and software producers who exhibit at the American Council of the Blind and to all the officers of the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA).

Adopted.

Marlaina Lieberg, Secretary