Right to Read: Campaign Updates

Posted by Prasad Krishna at Jun 30, 2010 09:55 AM |
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A nationwide campaign on Right to Read was co-organised by CIS along with the Daisy Forum of India and Inclusive planet to highlight the lack of content in accessible formats and accelerate change in the provisions of the Indian Copyright Act, 1957, which presently does not permit the conversion of books in accessible formats for the benefits the blind, visually impaired and other reading disabled persons. The campaign is affiliated with the global R2R campaign started by the World Blind Union in April 2008.

The campaign in India began in Chennai and was taken up thereafter, in other cities, namely Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai. The campaign has gathered thousands of supporters and has succeeded in bringing the problems of the print disabled to the notice of policy makers and the general public.

In order to bring its supporters regular updates about the progress of the campaign, CIS has started a newsletter. The first newsletter went out to a thousand people on the 23rd of this month:

National Campaigns

  • Legal Paper on the Right to Read Submitted to the Government
    CIS along with Alternative Law Forum and Inclusive Planet submitted a paper on the Indian Copyright Act, 1957 to the HRD Ministry.
  • The Ministry of HRD has presented the Bill to the Parliament which has been referred to the Standing Committee.
  • An updated list of signatories is available here.

International Development

 We thank you for taking interest in our campaign and look forward to your continued support to make this campaign a success.

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