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National Federation of the Blind and US Department of Education Remind Libraries That Digital Information Must be Accessible to People with Print Disabilities

Digital information represents an opportunity for blind people and others who cannot read print to have equal access to the vast amount of information available through the nation’s libraries. Equal access is possible, but it does not happen automatically. The ALA adopted a resolution encouraging libraries to make sure their…

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Guest Blog: Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure will break down barriers for patrons with disabilities

Libraries and other public access points (PAPs) are part of the rapid expansion of information technology in daily life. For the many people who do not have their own computers or Internet access, these institutions provide a portal into that world. As more information moves online, card catalogs and other…

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President signs 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act

Today is a landmark day for ALA advocates and everyone who has fought to ensure that all people have access to information. President Obama today signed the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, which requires that smart phones, television programs and modern communications technologies are accessible to people with…

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Senate Committee hears ‘equal access is equal opportunity’

At a hearing held yesterday, the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee learned that one of the key ways to improve access to the Internet and technology for the deaf and blind is the interoperability of search engines and devices. July 25th marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans…

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ACRL and ALA call for increased public access to federally funded research

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) today submitted comments to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) supporting increased public access to research funded by federal science and technology agencies. The ALA and ACRL have long believed that ensuring…