Disabled people and accessible copies

If a person has a visual impairment or other disability which prevents him/her from reading material in print format, then the law allows you to create a copy of the whole document into a suitable format.  For example, you may need to enlarge the print or have the text converted into braille.   A visually impaired person (VIP) is defined as someone who is blind, partially sighted or has uncorrectable sight-loss.  The definition also extends to those with a physical ability which makes it impossible to move their eyes or hold a book.

There are restrictions to this exception, so you will need to make sure that the following are observed:

  • The VIP must have lawful access or possession of a copy of the work
  • The material must not already be commercially available in a suitable format
  • The copy must be fully referenced to acknowledge the source and also marked to indicated that it was made under legislation for a VIP.
  • A record providing details of the copy and to whom it was supplied must be kept.

For more information please contact the University Copyright Advisors:

Email: copyright@lboro.ac.uk;

Ring: 01509 222399 (Monday-Wednesday) or 01509 222351 (Wednesday-Friday)

Updated by C. Greasley 12 December 2018

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