Accessibility of Commonly Used Self-Care Medical Equipment
Whereas, loss of vision is a frequent complication for people who have diabetes; and
Whereas, many people have sleep apnea; and
Whereas, these and many other common conditions require the use of a growing array of personal medical devices, from insulin pumps, to continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGMS), to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines; and
Whereas, these devices largely have user controls that are inaccessible to people who are blind or visually impaired; and
Whereas, the current patchwork of health and disability law and policy does not adequately provide meaningful remedies for such inaccessibility and does not compel device manufacturers to proactively address accessibility;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled on the 8th day of July, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota, that this organization, in partnership with like-minded organizations of and for people with vision loss, develop and execute a public policy agenda, including but not limited to model legislation, executive actions, and industry stakeholder negotiations, with the goal of making sure that no personal medical device remains inaccessible and unusable by people who are blind or visually impaired.
Ray Campbell, Secretary