by Gary C. Norman, Esq. L.L.M. is is a Maryland Civil Rights Commissioner and is a learned lawyer. As he is a devotee of the written word, Mr. Norman is thusly the co-founder of and an editor of the Mid-Atlantic Journal on Law and Public Policy.
“We are at a point where accessibility can and should be the default mode for all books.” (Jim Fruchterman in Poisoning the Treaty for the Blind)
The guests of President Jefferson, of President Theodore Roosevelt and of Jonathan Milton, all masters of the written word, supp on a rich repast. While seated at an antique dining room set, the three devotees of books inquire into the status of libraries, inquire into societies that discuss important works and inquire into writers. Mr. Milton has a unique perspective on books, as an individual once blind, who now finds himself at the abode of a blind attorney. After the dinner host informs the author about the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (“Convention”), including its estimate that there are one billion people with disabilities, three hundred plus million of which has vision loss; the author inquires into whether there are more opportunities than in his epoch for the blind to be equal participants in civil society. The response to that inquiry may depend on the extent to which delegations support an international instrument at a forthcoming diplomatic multi-party stakeholder conference hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco in 17-28 June.