European Parliament supports accessible labeling.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Access for the disabled (Laws, regulations and rules)
Visually disabled persons (Laws, regulations and rules)
Pub Date: 08/01/2011
Publication: Name: Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness Publisher: American Foundation for the Blind Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 American Foundation for the Blind ISSN: 0145-482X
Issue: Date: August, 2011 Source Volume: 105 Source Issue: 8
Topic: Event Code: 970 Government domestic functions; 930 Government regulation; 940 Government regulation (cont); 980 Legal issues & crime Advertising Code: 94 Legal/Government Regulation Computer Subject: Government regulation
Product: Product Code: 9107160 Handicapped Persons Access NAICS Code: 92512 Administration of Urban Planning and Community and Rural Development
Organization: Organization: European Union. European Parliament
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United Kingdom Geographic Code: 4EUUK United Kingdom
Accession Number: 265870245
Full Text: A record-breaking number of members of the European Parliament have signed a written declaration to support accessible labeling. A written declaration is a text on a matter falling within the European Union's (EU) sphere of activities. This support marks an important milestone for people with sensory disabilities, as the declaration calls on the European Commission to launch an investigation into the feasibility of introducing a voluntary system of labeling in braille and other accessible formats. Lord Low of Daiston, president of the European Blind Union and vice president of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) says: "This is a landmark victory. I am delighted with the overwhelming support.... Access to information must be addressed, otherwise blind and partially sighted people have no independence, no choice, and no safety--the success of this written declaration puts the issue back on the EU agenda." RNIB and Sense (formerly known as the National Association for Deafblind and Rubella Handicapped Children) plan to continue working with the European Parliament and other EU institutions to ensure the right to access information becomes a reality for all people with visual impairments and deaf-blindness. For more information, contact: RNIB, 105 Judd Street, London, England, WC1H9NE, United Kingdom; web site: .
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