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One Step Closer to Full Access

Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy Kareem Dale applauds a joint statement from advocates, authors and publishers agreeing to work together to provide those with print disabilities full access to published content.

Change.  Finding common ground.  These are hallmarks of this Administration.  And today, we move one step closer to full access to books and materials for millions of Americans with print and other disabilities.  While much work remains to be done, the community of stakeholders has taken a noteworthy and important step forward.

The Reading Rights Coalition, the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers have issued a joint statement stating “that the contents of books should be as accessible to individuals with print disabilities as they are to everyone else.”  They further agreed to work together to reach this desired goal.

As a person who is blind myself and thoroughly enjoys reading, I applaud these groups and organizations for coming together to bring about needed change.  We look forward to continuing to work with all Americans to support access to materials for persons with print disabilities.

Kareem Dale is Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy