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Title: IFLA Manifesto for libraries serving persons with a print disability
Authors: IFLA Libraries Serving Persons with Print Disabilities Section
Keywords: Subject::Print disabilities
Subject::Library services to people with print disabilities
Issue Date: Oct-2013
Publisher: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
Abstract: To improve and promote accessible library and information services to persons with a visual impairment or any other print disability. Lack of access to information is the biggest barrier for persons with a print disability to fully and effectively participate in all aspects of society. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (esp. art. 9, 21 and 24) states that print disabled people have the right to equal access to books, knowledge and information at the same time, cost and quality as everyone else. There are over 161 million blind and partially sighted people in the world and this number is growing. There are even more people with other print disabilities who cannot effectively read print because of a physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive, or learning disability. Together this makes up a very large number of people who cannot read a conventional book, magazine or website. Less than 5% of all published materials and reportedly less than 20% of websites are accessible to this target group. Libraries are a community's ‘portal' to information, knowledge and leisure, and their services need to be made accessible for all. Content and technology providers are essential partners in developing these inclusive information and leisure reading services. They should do so by making good use of the emerging possibilities of digitised publishing and delivery.
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