Rachel Squire

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The Independent Online

At the Royal National Institute of the Blind we will remember Rachel Squire for fighting to end the book famine for blind and partially sighted people, writes Lesley-Anne Alexander [further to the obituary by Tam Dalyell, 7 January].

She tirelessly pushed her Private Member's Bill (drawn 16th in the ballot) through Parliament to become the Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Act 2002. The Act means that individuals and organisations like the RNIB no longer have to go through the lengthy process of gaining copyright permission just to turn a book into braille, audio or large print in order to read it. Blind and partially sighted people can now read the same book, at the same time, at the same price.

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