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ACR-222 Global Accessibility Awareness Day.(2017-2018)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 07, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 222


Introduced by Assembly Member Gray

April 16, 2018


Relative to Global Accessibility Awareness Day.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 222, as amended, Gray. Global Accessibility Awareness Day.
This measure would call on all state agencies to advance with great urgency the task of making all online information on their Internet Web sites accessible to California citizens, residents, would call on all businesses providing goods or services to the citizens residents of the State of California to advance with great urgency the task of making their online content accessible to their customers, and would recognize May 17, 2018, as Global Accessibility Awareness Day in the State of California.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, California is the birthplace of the high-tech revolution and has always been a leader in development of innovative technological solutions to problems of all kinds; and
WHEREAS, An estimated 6.8 percent of California’s population, or 2,688,492 people, have a disability; and
WHEREAS, Cornell University detailed in its 2015 Disability Status Report that 2 percent of Californians had a visual disability and 2.9 percent had a hearing disability; and
WHEREAS, Access to public and commercial Internet Web sites has become an essential tool and for nearly all Americans to conduct everyday life to and have access to government, schools, businesses, and healthcare; and
WHEREAS, Full and timely access to online financial, employment, housing, and healthcare information is essential in daily life to compete for employment opportunities and to achieve educational advancement, secure affordable housing, and to succeed in most aspects of the modern world; and
WHEREAS, Individuals with ambulatory disabilities may rely on online information to a greater extent than those without physical challenges; and
WHEREAS, Limited access to online information is a significant barrier to equal access for those with disabilities; and
WHEREAS, In 1990, the United States Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), authored by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), shepherded through the House of Representatives by California’s own Representative Tony Coelho (D-CA15), and signed into law by President George H. W. Bush, as a significant effort to reduce and eliminate as many barriers as possible for those with disabilities; and
WHEREAS, In 2008, the United States Congress passed the updated ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), authored by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), and signed into law by President George W. Bush, reaffirming and expanding the scope of the original legislation; and
WHEREAS, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 defines standards, assistance, and accommodation that businesses and government should provide to individuals with disabilities; and
WHEREAS, State law mandates that all California state agencies report their level of accessibility compliance by 2019; and
WHEREAS, May 17 The third Thursday in May is recognized as Global Accessibility Awareness Day; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature calls on all state agencies, including subdivisions of the state, such as counties, cities, schools, transit agencies, universities, and utilities, to advance with great urgency the task of making all online information on their Internet Web sites accessible to California citizens; residents; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature calls on all businesses providing goods or services to the citizens residents of the State of California to advance with great urgency the task of making their online content accessible to their customers; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature recognizes May 17, 2018, as Global Accessibility Awareness Day in the State of California; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.