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On 30 June 2016, Canada became the 20th country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty. The Treaty should allow for thousands more accessible books to be available to blind and partially sighted people, both in the UK and elsewhere. Canada’s ratification on 30 June therefore means the Marrakech Treaty will come into force on 30 September 2016.
We thrilled to announce that on 3 May, Members of the European Parliament reached a ground-breaking political deal with governments across Europe to ensure that all public sector websites and apps are made accessible.
We’ve been working with our colleagues at the European Blind Union and across Europe to ensure that the future European Directive on accessibility of public websites makes a real difference for blind and partially sighted people in the UK.
We want all apps and websites to be accessible. To make this a reality we’ve been working with European Blind Union, and Members of the European Parliament, to strengthen EU law in this area.
Two and a half years ago the EU agreed that blind and partially sighted people should be able to get books in accessible formats. However, sadly we have received no signs to date that the UK has any sense of urgency about the matter.