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Statements 24 October 2012

Statement for the WIPO Inter-sessional meeting on limitations and exceptions for visually impaired persons and persons with print disabilities

Dear Mr. Chair,

We thank you for this opportunity to deliver a short statement at this Inter-sessional meeting on limitations and exceptions for visually impaired persons and persons with print disabilities. The Internet Society believes that all people should be in the position to have full access to information, knowledge and other creative content within and outside the Internet. We have also undertaken work on the issue of accessibility and we have produced a paper, a copy of which is available outside. We are of the opinion that governments and policy makers have an important obligation to use the political, legislative and regulatory tools at their disposal to address accessibility for persons with disabilities. We believe that governments, industry and other key stakeholders need to make accessibility a priority in their ongoing work, individually and collaboratively. We also believe, therefore, that WIPO should urgently call for a Diplomatic Conference for the persons with print disabilities, leading to a much-needed Treaty.

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