Thursday, October 18, 2012


"Libraries are more than lenders of books. They are part of society and community. They should stand for inclusivity. They should do this not only by adding ramps and magnifiers but also through welcoming attitudes, support of adaptive technologies of all types, and lobbying for open formats that reward authors without restricting access and forcing disclosure on those who are invisibly disabled. By looking at inclusion through variations in normalcy, we can address methods that provide access for all library users."

Desjardins, M. (2010). Invisible Disabilities. Feliciter, 56(3), 106-108.

DRM and Disability

"In a day and age where there is almost always a digital version, systemic, bureaucratic or technological barriers are erected to prevent theft, which translates to preventing access for people with print impairments. For example, e-book readers have print functionality disabled -- a requirement for format shifting -- if digital rights management is used. . . . We are coming into an era that will either be revolutionary for people with print disabilities or entrench intellectual property restrictions to the point of forcing disclosure on people with invisible disabilities or, worse, systematically preventing access altogether."

Desjardins, M. (2010). Invisible Disabilities, Feliciter, 56(3), 106-108.