Blind Bargains

The Book Famine for the Blind May Soon Be a Thing of the Past


After years of negotiations, the World Intellectual Property Organization has finally come up with the text for the treaty that will give the blind access to more printed material then ever before. Without this treaty, the blind are limited by printed works that can not be shared across borders. For example, the Bookshare catalog has over 200,000 titles to choose from, but people in the UK only have access to 75,000 because of copyright restrictions. With the new treaty, published works can be made accessible to visually impaired persons around the world. Here's a link to the full text of the treaty.

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For the past three years Alena has been a feature writer for the online magazine Matilda Ziegler. She has also been a contractor for the Oregon Commission for the Blind, helping blind adults learn to use adaptive technology. She is studying to be a teacher of the visually impaired at Portland State. You might also recognize her from the Serotalk podcast Triple Click Home.


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