COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: RNIB frustrated by Communications Bill draft proposal

RNIB members are angry that none of the organisation's recommendations have made it into the Government's draft Communications Bill.

The charity has been lobbying the DTI, Department for Culture Media and Sport, manufacturers and broadcasters since the Government's communications White Paper came out two years ago.

It believes the shape of the legislation could affect the lives of millions of blind and visually impaired people - either excluding them further from mainstream life or helping them overcome their disability. Digital television and radio, electronic programme guides and WAP mobile phones rely even more heavily on small screens and visual data than traditional media.

The RNIB wants the communications industries to look at alternatives such as larger screens, larger text and voice software. Otherwise, it says, blind and visually impaired people will be further excluded from the "information society".

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