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About the Webinar
In June of 2013, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) agreed to a landmark treaty in Marrakesh, Morocco to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled. This treaty outlined for the first time a set of principles regarding the rights of the print-disabled to have all content made equally accessible for them. The opportunities afforded by digital content distribution to provide accessibility functionality built-in from the start of a publisher’s production process and then be carried throughout the distribution process are tremendous.
This session will provide an overview of the treaty, discuss its potential implications, and describe how standardized technology can facilitate access to the visually-impaired community.
Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO
Setting the Standards: Identifying Rights for Print-disabled and Visually Impaired
George Kerscher, Secretary General DAISY Consortium, and President, International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF)
Making History in Marrakesh: How the Blind Led Everyone Else
Thiru Balasubramaniam, Geneva Representative, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)
Walking the Walk: A Publisher’s Perspective on Moving from Aspiration to Reality in Making Content Accessible
Paul Belfanti, Director, Content Architecture, Enterprise Architecture & Core Platforms, Pearson Education
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