- 2016 National Disabled Members' Conference
- 7 July 2016
This conference instructs the NDMC and calls upon the NEC (National Executive Council) to use any means at the disposal to ensure that the unfavourable situation that exists against blind and partially sighted people who use a tablet or similar device to access “text to speech” is ended.
The market has spotted a gap in service and publishers of popular authors are blocking this facility unless customers are willing to pay an extra £4 per book for the use of this service.
It is impossible for people with sight loss to enjoy a book without ” text to speech” facility unless they are fortunate to have; a person to read to them, they are trained in the use of braille, or have access to talking books, all of which depend on the service of others.
Conference therefore seeks representation to be made to the disabilities minster and all other relevant bodies to ensure that this situation, which adds an extra financial burden on the visually impaired is ended