More good news on the disability front

Braille reader

Yesterday, S. 3207, legislation introduced by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), passed the Senate as an amendment to an unrelated bill (S. 2893). This evening, that bill — with Sen. Schumer’s language — passed the House, too! That’s great news because it authorizes the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) to extend its service by providing refreshable ... Read More »

3D printing and educational equity at ALA Annual

3D printer in action

Guest Blogger Rebeccah Baker served as the Student-to-Staff Program participant for the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference. Rebeccah completed her M.L.S. at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies in May 2016. “3D printing is the latest wave of the digital revolution,” as stated by OITP’s senior information policy analyst Charlie ... Read More »

More books accessible

Photo by Jonas Tana via Flickr

Two phenomenal things happened during the ALA Annual conference in Orlando in support of equitable access to information.  First, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Canada ratified the Marrakesh Treaty in their national copyright laws bringing the total number of ratifications to twenty – the magic number necessary to put the treaty into force on June 30, 2017.  Readers may remember that the ... Read More »

Revolutionary ways to offer e-books to the print-disabled

Photo by Elio-Rojano via Flickr

There has been a shift in the way people access information: E-books and the widespread use of graphics to convey information have created a “new normal” for how we read and learn. While these resources are readily available, too many of them are not accessible for the print-disabled. As a result, people with disabilities such as vision impairments, physical limitations ... Read More »

Good news, but wait…

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 »