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ACR-115 Disabled individuals: technology and information access.(2017-2018)

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Enrolled  September 15, 2017
Passed  IN  Senate  September 14, 2017
Passed  IN  Assembly  September 07, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 115


Introduced by Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia

July 18, 2017


Relative to technology and information access for individuals with disabilities.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 115, Eduardo Garcia. Disabled individuals: technology and information access.
This measure would affirm that the state’s policies and procedures should ensure technology and information access for individuals with disabilities to the greatest extent possible.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 53 million, or one in five, individuals living in the United States have disabilities with the most common functional type of disability being mobility limitation followed by disability in thinking or memory, or both, independent living, vision, and self-care; and
WHEREAS, Individuals with disabilities are entitled to inclusion in our democratic society under federal laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and under state and locals laws; and
WHEREAS, The disruptive convergence of computing and communication technologies has substantially altered how people acquire, utilize, 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 individuals with disabilities, to promote self-determination and to engage meaningfully in major aspects of life, including education, health promotion, employment, recreation, and civic participation; and
WHEREAS, The vast majority of individuals with disabilities have limited or no access to comprehensible information and usable communication technologies; and
WHEREAS, Individuals with disabilities must have access to commercially available devices and software that incorporate principles of universal design, including 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, including personalization and compatibility across devices and platforms, and through the application of innovations, including automated and predictive technologies; and
WHEREAS, Security and privacy must be assured and managed to protect civil rights and personal dignity of individuals with disabilities; and
WHEREAS, Enhanced public and private funding is urgently required to allow individuals with disabilities to utilize technology and access information as a natural consequence of their rights to inclusion in our society; and
WHEREAS, Ensuring access to technology and information for the 53 million individuals with disabilities in the United States will create new markets and employment opportunities, decrease dependency on public services, reduce health care costs, and improve the independence, productivity, and quality of life of individuals with disabilities; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature affirms that state policies and procedures should ensure technology and information access for individuals with disabilities to the greatest extent possible; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.