UVa project aims to ease book access for people with disabilities
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UVa project aims to ease book access for people with disabilities

"Institutions of higher education have a legal, as well as moral, obligation to make sure students have equal access to educational materials. It’s a civil rights issue," said John Unsworth, the University of Virginia’s dean of libraries. Every year, the University of Virginia churns out about 1,000 copies of textbooks, essays, books and files tailor-made for students with disabilities. Soon, however, researchers hope that, instead of creating new files every semester, universities will be able to search a massive online repository for existing accessible copies. To lay the foundation for that hub — called Education Materials Made Accessible, or EMMA — and spread the word for future work, a new white paper aims to reconcile universities’ copyright and civil rights obligations . "Institutions of higher education have a legal, as well as moral, obligation to make sure students have equal access to educational materials. It’s a civil rights issue," said John Unsworth, UVa’s dean of libraries. "An increasing number of students are coming to college with various levels of print disabilities, and it’s not all about blindness — it could be ADD, dyslexia or a physical disability that makes it hard to use a traditional print book." Universities across […]

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