2020 年 57 巻 6 号 p. 268-275
As attention to inclusive societies and sustainable development goals (SDGs) increases, the environment for people with disabilities is rapidly improving. The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are promoting more inclusive designs of public facilities, transportation infrastructure, etc. In addition, there is now a heightened awareness of the problems faced by people with disabilities. Publications are no exception. For example, the Tokyo 2020 Accessibility Guidelines stipulate that publications should be accessible and usable by people with disabilities. In this paper, I explain how and why accessible publications are reasonable accommodations for people with print disabilities. The term “print disability” is commonly defined as “the inability to effectively read print because of a visual, physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive, or learning disability.” I explained the social background of how the social inclusion of people with disabilities has been promoted. Next, I defined print disability and explained the social support systems established for people with print disabilities. I then introduced the history of large-print textbooks as an example of accessible publications for students with low vision. Finally, I emphasized the importance of realizing a method of universal and inclusive design for publications and reasonable accommodations for people with print disabilities.