Statement - Chris Stark — A champion for accessibility, inclusion and human rights in Canada
June 6, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Human Rights Commission
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Chris Stark — a champion for accessibility and a longtime activist for the rights of persons with disabilities.
“Chris’s tireless efforts led to the first talking ATM in the world, which made banking more accessible for blind and partially sighted people.
“Throughout a long career in both the private sector and the federal government, he was an unwavering advocate for accessibility and inclusion, with a particular focus on technology and transport. While working towards a more accessible Canadian society, he once said, ‘As long as you can see it, I have a right to know about it.’
“He was a trailblazer who travelled to the Arctic Circle and Israel, among other places, at a time when he said, “blind people weren’t doing that kind of thing.”
“His life and legacy will continue to have a positive impact on the lives of persons with disabilities for many years to come.”
Marie-Claude Landry, Ad. E.
Chief Commissioner, Canadian Human Rights Commission
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Read more about Chris Stark in this EnvisionTech article from 2016.