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Article 21 - Freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information
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Compilation of proposed revisions and amendments made by the members of the Ad Hoc Committee to the draft text presented by the Working Group as a basis for negotiations by Member States and Observers in the Ad Hoc Committee

(updated after the completion of the first reading at the Fourth Session, 26 August 2004)


Article 13
Freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information

(Right to information and communication Costa Rica)

(The right of access to information Israel) (and to promote facility of expression India)

(States Parties undertake to ensure the enjoyment of the right to information and communication to persons with disabilities. In this regard Costa Rica) States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure that persons with disabilities can exercise their right to freedom of expression and opinion through ([alternative] (appropriate Liechtenstein) modes of communication of their choice, where appropriate, including Costa Rica) Braille, sign language [and other modes of communication of their choice, Costa Rica] and to seek, receive and impart information, [on an equal footing Costa Rica] (on conditions of equality Costa Rica) (on the basis of equality Canada) with others, including by:

(a) [Providing [public EU] (official EU) information Japan] (Taking appropriate steps to provide public information Japan) to persons with disabilities, [[on request Thailand, Kuwait], in a timely manner Namibia] and without additional cost, (and without tax Morocco) in accessible formats [and technologies [of their choice EU, New Zealand], Argentina] (and technologies appropriate to different disabilities Argentina) taking into account different kinds of disability;

(b) Accepting (and promoting Mexico) the use of [alternative New Zealand] (a variety of New Zealand) modes of communication by persons with disabilities in official interactions;

(c) [Educating persons with disabilities] (Providing education programmes aimed at teaching persons with disabilities and their families [alternative New Zealand] (a variety of communication modes New Zealand) [and augmentative New Zealand] Costa Rica) (Providing education and learning Jordan) (and non-disabled persons wishing to communicate with persons with disabilities Lebanon) (their families and the general public Trinidad and Tobago) to use [alternative New Zealand] (a variety of communication modes New Zealand) [and augmentative New Zealand] modes (and providing opportunities for those concerned with persons with disabilities to be educated in augmentative and alternative communication modes Yemen);

[(d) (Promoting and where appropriate EU, New Zealand) Undertaking [and promoting EU, New Zealand] the research, development and production of new technologies, including information and communication technologies, and assistive technologies, [[suitable Thailand] (accessible Thailand) (and affordable Philippines) for Canada] (in consultation with Canada) persons with disabilities; (and ensuring access to these technologies by all countries Trinidad and Tobago) (, guided by the principle of universal design Thailand) New Zealand]

(e) Promoting other appropriate forms of assistance and support to persons with disabilities (including expanding the necessary level of expertise to assist persons with disabilities Republic of Korea), (and where necessary their parents and caregivers Uganda) to ensure their access to information (, including training of interpreters, and access to new information and communication technologies Costa Rica);
(Providing training of life assistance and intermediaries such as sign language and tactile interpreters, note takers, readers and others Lebanon)

(f) [Encouraging Yemen] (Obliging Yemen) (Ensuring Uganda) (Requiring/ensuring Jordan) private (and public Trinidad and Tobago) entities (, including the mass media Liechtenstein) that provide services to the general public to provide information and services in accessible and usable formats for persons with disabilities;

[(g) [Encouraging Yemen] (Obliging Yemen) (Requiring/ensuring Jordan) the mass media to make their services accessible to (children and Jordan) persons with disabilities. Liechtenstein]

((h) Developing a national sign language Uganda)

(Promoting that persons with disabilities enjoy the new information and telecommunication technologies Mexico)
((h) Providing information to persons with disabilities about mobility aids, devices and other forms of assistive devices and technologies South Africa)

(2. States Parties will take all appropriate measures to ensure that accessible information and communication technologies be designed, developed and produced at an early stage so that the information society becomes inclusive at minimum
cost Lebanon)




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