Recommended Reading for December 17
* Sydney Morning Herald: Blind student tops HSC subject
Ria, a blind student who topped NSW in Indonesian Background Speakers, only migrated to Australia from its northern neighbour in 2007.
Unable to see since she was five, the student from Sydney’s Open High School has been proficient in Indonesian braille for many years.
But after moving to Australia, the inspirational teenager not only had to learn English but English braille.
The Obama administration announced Tuesday it supports loosening international copyright protections to enable cross-border distribution of special-format reading materials for the blind, a move that puts it at odds with nearly all of U.S. industry.
The government announced its support for the underlying principle of the WIPO Treaty for Sharing Accessible Formats of Copyrighted Works for Persons Who are Blind or Have other Reading Disabilities.
* Knowledge Ecology International: “Who on earth would oppose a treaty to facilitate access to information and knowledge to people with reading disabilities?”
This article outlines and excerpts a series of responses to the proposed copyright treaty, including the posturing by the MPAA [Motion Picture Association of America] and RIAA [Recording Industry Association of America], as well as more sensible responses from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and other groups.
* King5.com: Outrage over handicapped parking signage
[posted purely so you can play Accessible-Parking Ableism Bingo! with the comments. How high can you score?]