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Freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information
States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to ensure that persons
with disabilities can exercise their right to freedom of expression and opinion,
including the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas on
an equal basis with others and through sign languages, Braille, augmentative
and alternative communication, and all other accessible means, modes and formats
of communication of their choice2 ,
(a) Providing information intended for the general public to persons with disabilities in accessible formats and technologies appropriate to different kinds of disabilities in a timely manner and without additional cost;
(b) Accepting and facilitating the use of sign languages, Braille, augmentative and alternative communication, and all other accessible means, modes and formats of communication of their choice by persons with disabilities in official interactions;
(c) Urging private entities that provide services to the general public, including through the Internet, to provide information and services in accessible and usable formats for persons with disabilities;
(d) Encouraging the mass media, including providers of information through the Internet, to make their services accessible to persons with disabilities;
(e) Recognizing and Promoting the use of sign language.
2. The Ad Hoc Committee may wish to revisit this list after it has discussed the definitions article. If delegations are happy with the definition of communication in that article, the Committee may wish to use that term here, rather than specifying the full list.