The Marrakesh Treaty & Creating a marketplace for Accessible Books



  • Auston Stamm, Accessibility & Assistive Technology Coordinator, Saint Mary's College

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Interactive/Discussion
  • 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 foster a dialogue with the attendees about different strategies for ensuring all books required books for a given course are available in an accessible format. These strategies could include IET policy decisions and higher education institutions purchasing books as part of tutition. I will encourage a deeper discussion about how publishers can be encouraged to create accessible books.


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. In addition, I will examine the Marrakesh Treaty's impact in encouraging education, governmental and nonprofit institutions to create accessible books. I will then encourage attendees to discuss purchasing strategies and IET policy that can ensure all required books for a given course are available in an accessible format. The discussion will conclude by exploring upcoming laws and additional strategies that may encourage publishers to create a marketplace for 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 EIT policy and strategies to ensure every book listed in a course is accessible
  3. An exploration of how new policies can be used to create an international marketplace for accessible books

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Alternate Format, Uncategorized

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 have created a database of Kurzweil produced MP3s, which we can deliver to qualifying students. I have made tutorial videos on how to use our online database to sign up for tests and request accommodations. I created additional videos focused on teaching students how to use Kurzweil and SmartPens. I serve as the faculty advisor for DiverseAbilties our student-led club that provides a safe space for students with disabilities to socialize. I have organized several events to raise awareness about important issues related to disability. I have recently started a YouTube Channel called AccessAuston, which is dedicated to topics relating to accessibility, assistive technology, and disability rights.