Stevie Wonder has recently explained to the U.N.’s World Intellectual Property Organization that its current copyright system denies equal opportunities
for the blind. He urged delegates to adopt an action plan that would allow the blind and near-blind to side-step copyright rules and give them easier
access to books and learning. His stance was endorsed by the World Blind Union, which said that in developing countries less than one percent of published
works are available in Braille or audio format. The number is not much better in industrial nations, to which WBU gave an estimation of five percent.
Wonder stated that reformatting these published works could give the blind and visually impaired access to billions of science, history, and other books
that they currently cannot read.
Last December, I have shared my reflection about Stevie Wonder when he became the UN Messenger of Peace. If you liked my reflection, or you are a fan of Stevie Wonder, you maybe very interested in an online Seminar of the Hadley School for the Blind. Their guest is Ted Hull, the tutor of Stevie Wonder throughout Stevie's teenage years.
On this international day of Persons with Disabilities, Stevie Wonder was named to be a UN Messenger of Peace. So, let this be an unusual post celebrating this event, instead of tearing this event apart, I would like to share a couple of personal memories I have about Stevie.