Make ballots accessible: CNIB
For the visually impaired, a municipal election can be an ordeal.
“Depending on the ballot, one person’s condition might make it easy to access, but for another person it might not be,” said Kat Clarke, leader in advocacy with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) Ontario. “There are many barriers they face.”
The city is looking to improve the experience ahead of next year’s vote and has scheduled a Wednesday information session on ballots. CNIB is urging people with sight issues to make their voices heard.
Carole Boughannam of Election Services said the city listens to Accessibility Outreach Network — started in 2010 as part of the Election Accessibility Plan.
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better,” she said.
The city’s election plan includes a “How to Vote” booklet in 25 languages in both print and braille. The city also provides touch screen and audio-enabled Voter Assist Terminals.