Braille Signage at ACB Meetings
Whereas, ACB in its convention policies, has maintained that hotels must have braille signage that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and,
Whereas, though the ADAAG is very specific in much of its content, certain interpretations within its scope can nonetheless lead to confusing signage which is difficult to locate and which does not achieve the intent of the ADA to provide equally effective communication to customers who are blind or visually impaired;
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 perform its due diligence to ensure that all contracts entered into by this organization with hotels reflect the hotel’s compliance with braille signage requirements; and
Be it further resolved that, where some interpretations of the ADAAG might suggest that signage is compliant but where it nevertheless fails to fulfill its intended purpose of providing equally effective communication to people who are blind or visually impaired, ACB take such additional steps as are necessary to make signage usable and comprehensible by people who are blind or visually impaired participating in meetings of this organization.
Ray Campbell, Secretary