US Democratic Convention the most accessible yet

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 12:19pm

The Democratic Convention being held in Philadelphia from the 25th to 28th of July aims to be their most inclusive and accessible in history. The organisers are rolling out an Accessibility Plan that delivers unprecedented resources and technology for people with disabilities as well as for seniors.

Image of 2016 Democratic Convention logo

Image of 2016 Democratic Convention logo

The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) created the plan to reaffirm the organisation’s commitment to build upon the promise of the 'Americans with Disabilities Act' (ADA) by removing barriers for all Americans with disabilities who wish to be involved in this Convention.

“Our party has been at the helm of advancing the rights of people with disabilities for the last quarter century,” said DNCC CEO Rev Leah Daughtry in a launch statement. “That is why our priority has been to make this a convention for all Americans, and we have worked tirelessly to ensure full equality for those with disabilities.”

The DNCC has made accessibility an integral part of all aspects of Convention planning since its arrival in Philadelphia, from being able to access messaging for those who are blind, vision-impaired, Deaf or hearing-impaired, through to housing and the design of traffic flows at Convention events.

The DNCC has also secured Ted Jackson, a recognised leader in the disability rights community, to serve as a specialist in the Office of Public Engagement’s ADA & Community Engagement unit.

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