Friday, November 23, 2018

ABC for print disabled peoples

ABC (Accessible Books Consortium) for print disabled peoples.

ABC is the consortium led by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for the purpose to boost the number of accessible books for the print disabled community in the worldwide to make the books available in accessible formats like Braille format, audio, e-text or large prints. It was launched by WIPO and key partners in June 2014, and ABC Secretariat is located at WIPO’s headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland.

It is a public-private partnership that involves the organizations around the world, representing print disabled people and has the same goal for the blind or low vision people with regards to their education and progress. The ABC’s Board members include: WIPO, World Blind Union (WBU), International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Sightsavers, Daisy consortium, Elseviers, Canadian National Institute for Blind (CNIB), International Authors Forum (IAF), International Publishers Association (IPA), and others.

ABC provides training to developing and underdeveloped countries through their Non Government organizations serving peoples having print disabilities, Departments of Educations and Commercial publishers in the areas: EPUB3, Daisy and Braille (both electronic and embossed paper).The accessible books produced in EPUB3 formats are text based and can be read by text to speech software on reading devices or refreshable Braille readers.

ABC promotes the vision of Born accessible formats production, i.e. the books published should be in the format that is accessible to all despite their ability to read or not. So, it encourages all publishers for the production of digital publications using EPUB3 standards and description of their products’ accessibility features in the information they provide to their retailers.

The ABC Global Book service supports the goals of the Marrakesh Treaty (Discussed in my earlier article:, by providing an online catalogue of collections in libraries partcipating in Marrakesh Treaty. 


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