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United States Ratifies Marrakesh Treaty

The United States of America has ratified the Marrakesh Treaty becoming the 50th country to join the Treaty that promotes increased availability of​ accessible books for use by persons with visual or print impairments.

The U.S. is home to the largest number of English-language texts in accessible formats, such as Braille, for use by people living with print or visual disabilities. The Treaty eases the creation and international transfer of accessible texts among its 50 contracting parties, which cover 78 countries (including the 28-member European Union).

When the Treaty takes effect in the U.S. in three months, some 550,000 accessible texts will become immediately available to visually impaired persons living in Marrakesh Treaty-adherent countries, according to figures from the U.S.-based National Federation for the Blind.

The World Blind Union congratulates our members in the United States for their advocacy efforts led by Mr. Scott Labarre, Chair  of WBU Marrakesh Implementation & Ratification Campaign Committee​.

Read full press release on WIPO website.​​