In Australia, blind people are able to access texts in braille and books on
tape, but the demand for these media is decreasing. Blind people today are
increasingly reliant on texts in electronic form, and these are much less
readily available in Australia. Electronic texts are more portable and less
cumbersome than large braille volumes, and are much faster to navigate
than audio recordings. However, in Australia it is difficult for blind people to
get access to a wide range of electronic texts and there exists no scheme
enabling such access. At the same time sighted people are using electronic
text and other digital media at an ever-increasing rate. In order to
approximate the same level of access as sighted people, blind people
require access to accessible electronic versions of all published material.
The authors suggest that given the legal imperatives of Australia’s domestic
legislation, treaty obligations and social values, that there exists a moral
imperative to create a scheme providing blind people with access to digital
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