Accessibility

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Book with chain.

Yesterday, the Obama Administration transmitted to the Senate the ratification package for the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. After extensive executive review, the Senate now has a chance to pass copyright legislation that will ratify the Treaty, adopted in June 2013 by the World Intellectual Property ... Read More »

OITP, Benetech to collaborate at SXSWedu 2016

Connecting puzzle pieces

In September, I wrote about the great work that a Silicon Valley-based organization called Benetech is doing to level the playing field for students with disabilities through the use of 3D printing technology. I also mentioned that Benetech had proposed a program for the 2016 SXSWedu conference highlighting their work to this end. I’m happy to report that Benetech’s program ... Read More »

Connecting all Americans to broadband

Closing the broadband gap is an essential policy goal. Image from The Guardian.

Broadband access enables individuals to participate in a connected society and has been transforming lives with easier access to virtually everything from health care and education to farming operations and government services. Yet even though being connected to the broadband seems an imperative goal for today’s society, not all Americans are able to enjoy its economic and social benefits. In ... Read More »

(Bene)tech as a leveler

3D printer in action

Disability issues are a third rail in our public discourse. To “de-electrify” this rail is no simple task. It requires us to be critical of our own predilections and instincts. Here’s the problem: We’re human. Humans are reflexively disconcerted by what we perceive as an aberration from the norm. For this reason, we celebrate difference in the abstract, but are ... Read More »

ALA opposes e-book accessibility waiver petition

ALA and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) renewed their opposition to a petition filed by the Coalition of E-book Manufacturers seeking a waiver from complying with disability legislation and regulation (specifically Sections 716 and 717 of the Communications Act as Enacted by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010). Amazon, Kobo, and Sony are the members ... Read More »