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Accessibility to communication and information

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What does the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities say about accessibility to communication and information?

In Article 21, the CRPD indicates that States Parties shall adopt all relevant measures so that persons with disabilities can exercise the right to freedom of expression and opinion, including the freedom to collect, receive and provide information and ideas on an equal basis. Conditions with the others and through any form of communication they choose according to the definition of Article 2 of this Convention.

In this regard, the CRPD has agreed on the following definitions and specific actions to ensure accessible communication and information:

-To provide people with disabilities with information addressed to the general public, promptly and at no additional cost, in accessible formats and with the appropriate technologies for the different types of disabilities;

-Accept and facilitate the use of Sign Language, Braille and alternative modes, media, and formats of communication and all other accessible modes, media and formats of communication that people with disabilities choose in their official relationships;

-Encourage private entities that provide services to the general public, including through the Internet, to provide information and services in formats that people with disabilities can use and to which they have access;

-Encourage the media, including those that provide information via the Internet, to make their services accessible to people with disabilities;

-Recognize and promote the use of Sign Language.

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www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/documents/tccconvs.pdf

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