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Equality for dyslexia - a step further forward for the Right to Read Campaign

by Lynette Penney | Oct 18, 2012

Information on the Right to Read Campaign

For many years Ian Litterick, Executive Chairman and founder of iansyst, has been an active member of the “Right to Read Campaign”. This was an alliance of people who wanted to break-down the discriminations against those people who were denied access to reading material. Up to three million children and adults in the UK are blind, partially sighted or have a reading disability, such as dyslexia and accessing alternative formatted books has either been unavailable or very expensive.

Although the Copyright Licensing Act of 2002 gave people with sight problems and the organisations supporting them, the right to create copies of books and other material in formats which they can read without the need to ask permission from the copyright owner, this Act did not give people with dyslexia the same equality.

The Right to Read Campaign wants “to ensure that print disabled people can readily buy and borrow their choice of books, magazines and newspapers, and access other sources of information, in their chosen reading format at the same time and price as print readers.”

The latest news from the Copyright Licensing Agency brings this Campaign further forward to creating equality for all to access printed materials.

“The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) today (28th May 2010) launches a new ‘Print Disability Licence’, This free licence allows organisations to reproduce copyright works in a format accessible to people with print disabilities, such as large print, braille or audiobooks, and circulate them to people with print disabilities in the community.” (Source)

Mike Lewington, Vice Chair of the Alliance and Director of Calibre Audio Library, a producer of audio books, welcomes the new licence;
“We are delighted that we can now give the same quality of service to people with print impairments and those with sight problems. When the 2002 copyright act came in, it created an uneven playing field because there were books in our library which we couldn’t lend to dyslexic members. It was difficult for us but far worse for them. Now at last all everyone is equal.”