RESOLUTION 2010-20

Sprint
AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND
RESOLUTION 2010-20

SUMMARY:

1. This organization regards the repeated failure of Sprint to meet even minimal accessibility benchmarks as unconscionable and unacceptable.

2. This organization directs its officers, directors, and staff to communicate our extreme displeasure to Sprint.

3. This organization demands that Sprint take immediate steps to remedy this situation by working with the American Council of the Blind and its Information Access Committee to develop plans that will lead to the availability of an accessible phone option for the many Sprint users who have remained loyal based on the promise made to them repeatedly that Sprint phones would be accessible.

WHEREAS, Sprint, more than any major wireless provider, has failed to adequately address accessibility of mobile phones for persons who are blind or visually impaired; and

WHEREAS, the unacceptable result of this failure is that there is not one single phone available through Sprint which is fully accessible out of the box;

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 regards the repeated failure of Sprint to meet even minimal accessibility benchmarks as unconscionable and unacceptable; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this organization direct its officers, directors and staff to communicate our extreme displeasure to Sprint; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this organization demand that Sprint take immediate steps to remedy this situation by working with the American Council of the Blind and its Information Access Committee to develop plans that will lead to the availability of an accessible phone option for the many sprint users who have remained loyal based on the promise made to them repeatedly that Sprint phones would be accessible.

Adopted.

Marlaina Lieberg, Secretary