Getting hold of text books in accessible formats such as large print, audio or electronic text files is a contentious issue. We published a short article on the subject in the Nystagmus Network's March newsletter (which goes to all NN members and is available in print, audio and electronically).
One useful resource mentioned in that article is http://www.publisherlookup.org.uk/http: ... up.org.uk/
. This service helps librarians and publishers provide digital copies of textbooks to disabled users. This is a step in the right direction, but does not solve the problem, since only five per cent of new books are simultaneously published in accessible formats.
So, in the UK the RNIB and others are pushing the "Right to Read" campaign, with the slogan "same book, same time, same price." At our October 2009 Open Day in London, we invited another charity, LOOK, to work with young people at the event to publicise this campaign
You can find out about Right to Read at http://www.rnib.org.uk/getinvolved/camp ... oread.aspx
. The more people who get involved in this campaign, the sooner we'll see books -- hopefully all books -- made accessible to everyone.
John (NN development manager)