Disability Activsm: Reading Rights
Reading Rights is a US-based advocacy group that is campaigning to have equal access to electric book formats through text-to-speech on the Amazon Kindle. Their campaign is based around the American Author’s Guild demand that people must either prove their disability to the satisfaction of the Guild (and thus give private information over to e-book publishers) or pay extra for the same access to books.
As technology advances and more books move from hard-copy print to electronic formats, people with print disabilities deserve the opportunity to enjoy access to books on an equal basis with those who can read print.
People with print disabilities cannot effectively read print because of a visual, physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive, or learning disability.
They maintain a news blog that focuses on print disabilities and access to books and textbooks.
Print Disabilities are a very big deal, and affect a large number of people. Text-to-speech capabilities aren’t a convenience, but a way for people with print disabilities to have access to books without waiting for the Book On Tape (or CD, or MP3) to come out. For some, this could “just” be having the latest book by their favourite author when it comes out, for others it could be the difference between passing and failing a university course.
The mandate of the Initiative for Equitable Library Access (IELA) is to create the conditions for sustainable and equitable library access for Canadians with print disabilities. Library and Archives Canada has been asked to develop and cost a strategy for implementing nation-wide partnerships, activities and services to meet the long-term library and information access needs of Canadians with print disabilities.
Learning through Listening: What is a Print Disability? [American-centric, but with free lesson plans that may be appropriate for others]
A print disability can be a learning disability, a visual impairment or a physical disability. Although the manners in which the disability occurs are very different, they all share one characteristic: individuals diagnosed with a print disability cannot access print in the standard way.
The purpose of the FAQ is to assemble basic information about how the copyright legislative and administrative regime affects producers and users of accessible-format material (audio, Braille, e-text and large-print) in Australia. It is important to stress that, in some cases, definitive answers are not possible, mainly because of rapidly-changing technologies. Copyright regimes attempt to balance the rights of authors against the rights of end-users. In the case of end-users who have a print disability, there is the added responsibility to ensure that the aims and objects of the Disability Discrimination act (DDA) are promoted as far as possible.
The acronym stands for Digital Accessible Information SYstem. Often, the term is used to refer to a standard for producing accessible and navigable multimedia documents. In current practice, these documents are Digital Talking Books, digital text books, or a combination of synchronized audio and text books.
DAISY is a globally recognized technical standard to facilitate the creation of accessible content. The standard was originally developed to benefit people who are unable to read print due to a disability, but it also has broad applications for improved access to text in the mainstream.
The DAISY Standard has been evolving over the last several years and has recently been officially recognized by an American standards-making body.
Print Disabilities Services Program [Australia]
The system for servicing the access needs of people with a print disability involves producers, intermediaries and users.
Bookshare dramatically increases the accessibility of books. Bookshare believes that people with disabilities deserve the same ease of access to books and periodicals that people without disabilities enjoy.
A searchable online library. Bookshare offers more than 60,000 digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology tools.
Readers of all ages. Bookshare offers affordable membership, unlimited library privileges and a community of Members, Volunteers, parents, publishers and authors.