[Athen] Repost:Wash DC Conference "Same Book, Same Time, Same Price"

Gaeir Dietrich gdietrich at htctu.net
Thu Jun 17 11:51:47 PDT 2010

Wish I'd known about this ALA conference sooner. If someone in the DC area
goes, could you please let us all know how the conference went?? Thanks!




Conference program 'Same Book, Same Time, Same Price' to explore how
libraries can engage in efforts to ensure access for reading impaired

Something is going on in Washington, DC.

Last July, the United States signed its first human rights declaration in
nearly a decade - the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities - that in part says that governments should take appropriate
measures to ensure that persons with disabilities have access to information
and communications as well as access to the physical environment.

That's just the beginning.

For the last year, the U.S. Copyright Office has been investigating ways to
improve access to information for the reading impaired, and both the Senate
and the House have introduced legislation that will mandate accessibility to
digital technologies and networks and handheld devices like cell phones.

It gets better.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) included information needs of
the disabled as a focal point of the National Broadband Plan. Member nations
of the World Intellectual Property Organization have introduced an
international treaty for a minimum copyright exception for the visually

And, wait for it, wait for it.

The Justice Department ruled that to be in compliance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA), universities should not purchase, recommend or
promote dedicated e-book readers, unless the devices are fully accessible to
students who are blind and have low vision.

What do these developments mean for the disabled, in particular the reading
impaired? How can libraries engage in these seemingly promising

In your busy conference schedule, please plan on attending:

"Same Book, Same Time, Same Price: Access and the Visually Impaired"

Saturday, June 26th, 2010, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Washington Convention Center, Room 152 B

This program is sponsored by ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy
(OITP) and features the following panelists: Paul Schroeder, Vice-President
of the American Foundation for the Blind, Dan Goldstein, Partner, Brown,
Goldstein & Levy and expert on disability rights law, and Jessica Brodey, an
attorney and a public policy advocate for people with disabilities. Carrie
Russell, OITP's Director of the Program on Public Access to Information,
will moderate.

We promise a high caliber program of interest to all librarians who believe
that everyone has the right to read.

Carrie Russell

Director, OITP's Program on Public Access to Information

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