International access a reality for people with print disability
30 September 2016
with vision impairment now have greater access to a wealth of global books and published
materials in accessible formats following the Marrakesh Treaty coming into
Australia is among the first 20 countries to join the Treaty, which the
Turnbull Government ratified in December 2015. The Treaty ensures that approximately
285 million blind and visually impaired people worldwide can benefit from the
cross-border sharing of accessible content, such as large print, braille or
formats are essential to ensuring that all Australians can fully engage in our
advances in technology, people living with a print disability have struggled to
get access to basic reading materials that many people take for granted.
improving access, the Treaty supports the economic and social development of
Treaty encourages participating countries to share accessible material that is
not available in other countries.
Government encourages other countries to join the global movement in improving
access to material for people living with print disability.
addition to the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty, the Government is
consulting on a number of legislative amendments to further enhance access to
content by people with a disability. The Government expects to introduce
legislation into the Parliament shortly.
more information visit: www.communications.gov.au/marrakeshtreaty