RE: Inaccessible Gaming Machines
WHEREAS, manually-operated slot machines with audible feedback have long been the standard in all gambling casinos; and
WHEREAS, the audible feedback accorded blind persons full access to the slot machines without sighted assistance; and
WHEREAS, there is a move to replace these machines with alternatives using paper vouchers and random sound effects unrelated to machine function, rendering them virtually inaccessible to blind customers without sighted assistance; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona in Convention assembled this seventeenth day of September, 2006, in the City of Tucson, Arizona, that this organization call upon Desert Diamond Casino, Hon-Dah Casino, and Casino of the Sun to collaborate with the National Federation of the Blind on effective access solution that provides blind customers the same access to gaming machines as their sighted counterparts; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this organization demand the restoration of sufficient number of the old manual machines until the new machines is rendered fully accessible to the blind.