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.