Skip to Full Menu

Providing information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Disability Coalition Pushes For Accessible Reading Formats
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 2, 2005

LONDON, ENGLAND--Advocates in Britain on Monday presented the government with a petition including 30,000 signatures urging lawmakers to make more reading material available in Braille, large print and audio formats for people who are blind, partially sighted, or who have other disabilities affecting reading.

The Guardian reported that the Right to Read Alliance, a coalition of 17 organizations including the National Library for the Blind, the British Dyslexia Association and the Royal National Institute of the Blind, is leading the campaign.

Petitioners are calling for publishers to provide more electronic audio versions of books to charities.

The RNIB found recently that less than five percent of books are currently made available in formats that are accessible to people with these disabilities. The situation amounts to discrimination against three million Brits who are being denied the right to read such material, the coalition said.

A survey conducted last month by the National Library for the Blind revealed that more than 70 percent of people agreed that the government should make sure that blind and partially-sighted people have the same access to books as everyone else.


©2018 The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
 370 Centennial Office Building  658 Cedar Street   St. Paul, Minnesota 55155 
Phone: 651.296.4018   Toll-free number: 877.348.0505   MN Relay Service: 800.627.3529 OR 711   Fax: 651.297.7200 
Email:   View Privacy Policy   An Equal Opportunity Employer 

The GCDD is funded under the provisions of P.L. 106-402. The federal law also provides funding to the Minnesota Disability Law Center,the state Protection and Advocacy System, and to the Institute on Community Integration, the state University Center for Excellence. The Minnesota network of programs works to increase the IPSII of people with developmental disabilities and families into community life.