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

Wink Harner winkharner at mesacc.edu
Thu Jun 17 15:28:36 PDT 2010

I'll be there next week too --my granddaughter & I are going to a ladies fly fishing camp. She's nine. I'm not.

From: "Dan Burke (DSS)" <burke at mso.umt.edu>
To: "Access Technology Higher Education Network" <athen at athenpro.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2010 3:14:37 PM
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Ron - you're in Montana and you didn't call?


Dan Burke

Assistant Director/Assistive Technology Coordinator

Disability Services for Studentst

The University of Montana

Emma B. Lommasson Center 154

Missoula, MT 59812


406.243.5330 FAX


From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On Behalf Of Ron Stewart
Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:10 PM
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That makes two of us, I could have gone if I had know earlier. At this point I am taking a vacation in God’s country and increasing my spoiling coefficient with my grandson’s


From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On Behalf Of Gaeir Dietrich
Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:52 PM
To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] Repost:Wash DC Conference "Same Book, Same Time, Same Price"

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 impaired.

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 developments?

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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