The Marrakesh Treaty and Creating a Marketplace for Accessible Books



  • Auston Stamm, Digital Accessibility Instructional Specialist, Stanford University

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


I will provide an overview of the Marrakesh Treaty and the state of accessible books internationally. I will explore the strengths and weaknesses of the marketplace for digitally accessible books. I will foster a dialogue with the attendees about different strategies for promoting accessible books for classes. These strategies could include IET policy decisions and higher education institutions purchasing books as part of tuition.


This presentation will highlight the state of accessible books internationally and the impact of the Marrakesh Treaty. A short summary of how copyright law varies in different countries and how that can affect the ability to reproduce a book in an accessible format will be provided. I will examine the Marrakesh Treaty's impact on the accessible book marketplace. The Marrakesh Treaty led to non-profit organizations, educational and government institutions remediating published works to make them accessible. Now new legislation and EIT policies can lead to publishers producing more of their books in an accessible format. I will encourage attendees to discuss their own ideas for IET policy and strategies for promoting accessible books. Stamm, A., Hsu, YC. The Marrakesh Treaty’s Impact on the Accessibility and Reproduction of Published Works. TechTrends (2021).


  1. Providing an overview of the state of accessible books internationally and the impact of the Marrakesh Treaty
  2. Examining the strengths and weaknesses of the current marketplace for accessible books
  3. An exploration of how new policies can be used to promote purchasing accessible textbooks

Disability Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Uncategorized, Universal Design for Learning

Speaker Bio(s)

Auston Stamm

My name is Auston Stamm and I was born with mild cerebral palsy, which made fine motor skill tasks like writing and drawing difficult. I was bullied and struggled academically in public school. I was fortunate to have supportive parents who believed in my capabilities and advocated for me. I was able to go to Westmark School, which is a school designed to help children with learning disabilities. I was provided a computer and taught to type, which made writing enjoyable. I took film classes at Westmark and learned how to edit using Final Cut Pro. My teachers encouraged me to make videos for my classes instead of the standard poster board drawings. After high school, I attended Loyola Marymount where I earned my BA in Film Production. I worked at a post-production company where helped edit movie trailers and commercials. However, I didn’t feel like I was helping people, which led me to reevaluate my career. I had worked with an occupational therapist throughout my childhood to improve my coordination and strength. This experience inspired me to get my master’s degree in occupational therapy from USC, which I received in 2017. I have always had a special connection to technology and used accommodations from the disability office at each college I attended. I completed a fieldwork placement at Santa Monica College where I learned about the role of an assistive technology coordinator. I found that working with assistive technology and students was my dream job. I felt very fortunate to be hired by Saint Mary’s College of CA as their Accessibility and Assistive Technology Coordinator. During my time at Saint Mary's College, I created a database of Kurzweil reproduced textbooks and captioned video files, for qualifying students. I made tutorial videos on how to use assistive technology and teach students common office processes like how to sign up for tests and renew accommodations. I have now begun working at Stanford University where I am the Digital Accessibility Instructional Specialist. I work with instructional designers, staff, and faculty to help infuse accessibility principles into online courses. I am currently getting my doctorate in educational technology from Boise State University and in my free time I have begun a YouTube Channel called AccessAuston, which is dedicated to topics relating to accessibility, assistive technology, and disability rights.