Dr Sam Taraporevala
has a vision
"The issue facing a print-impaired person is that when you have a book in standard print, it poses a problem to read," says Dr Sam Taraporevala, Associate Professor and Head of Department, Sociology at St Xavier's College.
Changing the format of a standard book is considered illegal under the Copyright Act of 1957.
The Act does not permit conversion of books into a format that can be accessible for the print-impaired (through Braille, screen readers or a digital talking book format, to name a few).
To counter this issue and make books accessible to all, Dr Taraporevala
(also Director of the Xavier's Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged), has launched a signature campaign.
"There is a concern among authors about providing an accessible copy of the book, that it might lead to piracy," says Dr Taraporevala
"I don't condone piracy but it's a reality and this will not add to it significantly.
Why allow injustice to prevail because of an artificial fear?"
Three hundred signatures down and 200 more to go, the race is on for the January 22 deadline.
But Dr Taraporevala