January is Braille Literacy Month! How are you celebrating? In addition to taking part in fun and educational ways to learn about braille, make a point to learn more about the Marrakesh Treaty, an important agreement ratified by the U.S. in 2018.
The Marrakesh Treaty expands access to published works for people across the world who are Blind/Visually Impaired, DeafBlind, or have other print disabilities. The treaty is not just about providing books in braille, but braille readers will benefit greatly.
Through the treaty, copyright laws will change so that organizations may make accessible versions of print books without needing to request permission from the copyright holder. The treaty also helps ease the import and export process for accessible books. This lowers the number of duplicate volumes and helps countries with larger collections share with countries that have smaller collections.