The Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative (AIPI) was initiated by the Australian Publishers Association (APA) in 2016 to address the challenge of improving access to books by people living with a print accessibility. It has brought together, for the first time, publishers, print disability organisations, libraries, copyright organisations, editors, designers, indexers and agents, as well as government organisations.
This cross-industry collaborative approach is a global first and has been recognised as an important development by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the International Publishers Association (IPA).
The AIPI aims to develop a greater awareness of the needs of people living with a print disability, to communicate the laws that govern access to published content, and to build publishing industry capability in producing accessible digital books that are inclusive by design.
The AIPI is confident that creating a shared understanding and promoting cross-sector cooperation will create an efficient and economic system for providing publications that are ‘born accessible’. Inclusive design is good design, and ensuring that books are created with accessibility in mind benefits not just people with a print disability, but all readers.
Fiona Hazard, Jane Curry, Fiona Phillips
Jessica Coates, Libby Baulch, Lee Walker
AIPI group at work at Gilbert + Tobin at November 2018 meeting
Sancha Donald, Tony Starkey, Greg Alchin
What is a print disability?
A print disability is a difficulty or inability to read printed material due to a perceptual, physical or visual disability.
The reasons for print disability vary but may include:
- vision impairment or blindness
- physical dexterity problems such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis or paralysis
- learning disability, such as dyslexia
- brain injury or cognitive impairment
- literacy difficulties
- early dementia
(Definition by Vision Australia.)
Which organisations make up AIPI?
ANZSI – Australia New Zealand Society of Indexers
ABF – Australian Blindness Forum
ABDA – Australian Book Designers Association
ALIA – Australian Library and Information Association
ASA – Australian Society of Authors
IPEd – Institute of Professional Editors
RIDBC – Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
RSB – Royal Society for the Blind