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File #: 170913    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 10/19/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 10/26/2017
Title: Affirming the right of people with disabilities to technology and information access.
Sponsors: Councilmember Green, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Domb
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 17091300.pdf, 2. Signature17091300.pdf
Affirming the right of people with disabilities to technology and information access.

WHEREAS, According to the United States Census Bureau, about 56.7 million individuals - 19 percent of the population - have a disability, and within this group, more than half have severe disabilities; and

WHEREAS, People with disabilities are entitled to inclusion in our democratic society under federal laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as under numerous state and local laws; and

WHEREAS, The convergence of computing and communication technologies has substantially altered how people acquire, use and disseminate knowledge and information; and

WHEREAS, Access to comprehensible information and usable communication technologies is necessary for all people in our society, particularly for people with disabilities, to promote self-determination and to engage meaningfully in major aspects of life such as education, health promotion, employment, recreation, and civic participation; and

WHEREAS, A considerable number of individuals with disabilities have limited or no access to comprehensible information and usable communication technologies; and

WHEREAS, People with disabilities must have access to commercially available devices and software that incorporate principles of universal design such as flexibility and ease of use for all; and

WHEREAS, Technology and information access by individuals with disabilities must be guided by standards and best practices such as personalization, compatibility across devices and platforms, and the application of innovations including automated and predictive technologies; and

WHEREAS, Ensuring access to technology and information for people with disabilities in the United States will create new markets and employment opportunities, decrease dependency on public services, reduce health care cost...

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