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By Paul Nisbet on Friday 28th May, 2010 at 4:50pm
We're really very happy indeed to report that today the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) launched a new Print Disability Licence to replace the old 'VIP' licence. The new licence has been extended to include all people with a 'print disability' - the previous licence was restricted to people with visual impairment or physical disability. This was clearly inequitable (as we pointed out in the 2007 Books for All Report) and so we are delighted that the new licence addresses this inequality. It means that dyslexic people are now covered under the licence.
Basically, the new licence allows not-for-profit organisations to make Accessible Copies of most published, copyright works and provide them to people with print disabilities who cannot read or access the printed copies. The Accessible Copy may be, for example, Large Print, Braille, audio (synthetic or recorded), digital (with or without text to speech), etc. The licence is free.
We've been waiting for the new licence for quite some time but now that it's here, it means that for example:
- books on the developing Books for All Scotland database can be downloaded for any print disabled pupil, not just those pupils with visual impairment or physical disability;
- books that we, or any other VIP licence holder has made, can be freely shared across the UK provided they are for use by print disabled readers;
- schools and local authorities in the 15 Scottish local authorities who hold VIP licences will be able to make and share their accessible copies with a much larger and wider range of pupils.
For children and young people in schools with dyslexia, learning difficulties, hearing impairment, or who may be on the autistic spectrum, this is very good news.
The new licence is the result of a lot of work by CLA, the Right to Read Alliance (of which CALL is a member) and the publishers' Accessibility Action Group.
Read more about the new licence in the CLA press release.
(Right, let's get sourcing, adapting, making and sharing these Accessible Books.....)