Accessibility

Publishers value all readers, irrespective of how they access their works, and share the aspiration of those with visual impairments: full, simultaneous access to works on equal terms, and delivered in a sustainable way.

Traditionally, publishing has always been close to charities supporting visually impaired persons, in particular where they were producing Braille or other special format works that are particularly expensive to produce. Today, technological advances have dramatically improved the ability of those with visual impairment to access information. Improved technology, both in the area of VIP reader and accessibility software and in the continuing development of production software and product formats, is making more content accessible to visually impaired persons than ever before.

Formats that are accessible to visually impaired persons, in particular audio books and electronic formats are increasing popular and commercially successful.

Despite these advances, the current situation is far from ideal. Not all works use formats that are easily compatible with existing VIP access technology. The IPA supports projects which make electronic works available to visually impaired persons, and welcomes cooperation between organisations representing visually impaired persons and rightsholders, collective licensing organisations, libraries and other institutions.

Submit to FacebookSubmit to Google PlusSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn