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

Burke, Dan (DSS) burke at mso.umt.edu
Fri Jun 18 15:19:43 PDT 2010

I believe this is a presentation by George Kerscher ... for those in
attendance at the NFB Convention in Detroit last summer, you will recall
doing this chant at George's urging at the end of his presentation.

Same Book! Same Time! Same Price!

Have a good weekend all!


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
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Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2010 12:52 PM
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Subject: [Athen] Repost:Wash DC Conference "Same Book, Same Time, Same

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??




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

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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