Australian Accessibility Conference 2020

February 11th to 13th, 2020

The Australian Accessibility Conference is the updated version of the annual OZeWAI conference which is now being held in collaboration with the Perth Web Accessibility Camp.

This year each day of the conference will have a theme.

  • Day 1: Accessibility 101—sharing and educating about digital accessibility in a Perth Web Accessibility Camp style
  • Day 2: Global and Australian standards and policies—learn how to use and contribute to the guidelines and policies
  • Day 3: Development—ideas for growing and maturing the Australian accessibility industry and digital publications


February 11-13, 2020


Perth, WA

Learn More

Keep up to date with scheduling a registration details for this event at the OZeWAI website.

Tech Forum 2020

March 23rd to 25th, 2020

The Tech Form Conference has now been cancelled, but replacement webinars and videos are planned. Details will be shared when available.

Tech Forum 2020 is a three day conference amalgamating the original ebookcraft conference within the Tech Forum larger event. If you’re looking for a mix of practical tips and forward-thinking inspiration, you won’t want to miss it. With a focus on data, technology, and collaboration, Tech Forum is where the book industry comes to share ideas and discuss the future of publishing and selling books.

Here’s what you can expect by day:

  • March 23 – Intensives. There will be a full day of workshops focusing on accessibility in digital publishing.
  • March 24 – Workshops. There will be a dedicated track of workshops on #eprdctn topics, alongside two other tracks on audiobooks and sales/data/marketing. Attendees can pick and choose any workshops to attend across the three tracks.
  • March 25 – Main Day. In addition to the all-attendee plenary presentations on the mainstage, there will be concurrent tracks throughout the day with one dedicated to ebookcraft programming for those looking to focus on ebook development.


March 23-25, 2020


Toronto, Canada

Learn More

To access registration and conference details visit the Tech Forum website.

London Book Fair 2020

March 10th to 12th, 2020

UPDATE March 4th: The London Book Fair has been cancelled for 2020 but will return in 2021.


The London BookFair 2020 plays host to a number of events which will be of interest to our inclusive publishing audience:

  • Accessibility Action Group Annual Seminar—This annual seminar is focus on the International Landscape this year. Speakers include: Dave Gunn (DAISY), Ruth Howells (PA), Jane Curry (Ventura Press, Luc Audrain (Hachette Livre)
  • BIC Annual Seminar—Building a Better Business. There is usually a strong focus on accessibility at this event
  • ABC International Excellence Awards—these annual awards have 2 categories that focus on accessibility. Details of finalists are now available.


March 10-12, 2020


London, Olympia

Learn More

Full details of these events and the rest of the fair can be found at The London BookFair website

Accessible Books Consortium Celebrates 100th Signatory to ABC’s Charter for Accessible Publishing

Fountain pen with ink drippingHachette Livre has become the 100th signatory of the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) Charter, marking an important milestone for the WIPO-sponsored alliance working to increase the number of books in accessible formats for use by hundreds of millions of people around the globe who are blind, visually impaired, or otherwise print disabled.

By signing ABC’s Charter for Accessible Publishing publishers commit to making its products fully accessible to all users. Specifically the charter asks publishers to:

  1. state their accessibility policy on their web-site
  2. nominate a senior manager who will be responsible for accessibility
  3. raise awareness among, and provide technical training for, relevant staff
  4. designate and publicise a point of contact in their organization to assist persons with print disabilities to access their publications
  5. test their digital publications for accessibility, incorporating appropriate feature descriptions and metadata
  6. monitor their progress in this area
  7. promote the adoption of accessibility standards throughout the supply chain
  8. support national and international collaboration with organizations representing persons with print disabilities so as to increase the availability of publications in accessible formats

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry welcomed the development, saying: “We are pleased to see a growing number of key industry players signing the Charter for Accessible Publishing. This advances our global efforts to increase the number of books available for use by people with print disabilities.” He added: “Hachette Livre is a world-leading publisher and its membership will make a big difference in making accessible format books available to blind and visually impaired persons.”

Hachette Livre Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Arnaud Nourry said “For the book industry, making books accessible to the widest readership, including readers who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled, not only makes economic sense, but is a moral imperative. If we, publishers, do not pioneer this duty on an industrial level, who will?”

Accessibility Camp

October 25th, 2019

The Accessibility Camp is a one day event organized by the LIA Foundation. Participants will meet with national and international digital accessibility experts to share knowledge, insights and good practice, aiming to establish relationships that lead to the design and implementation of innovative and shared projects and to provide solutions for people with visual impairments.

The first part of the day will be dedicated to keynote speeches by national and international experts, including DAISY’s COO Avneesh Singh. This portion of the day will set the stage and present the dynamics at a global level. During the second part of the day, thematic working groups will be organized with everyone playing an active role. The working groups will cover:

  • Accessible Math in production workflows
  • Reading solutions: platforms and reading experiences
  • Discoverability: user requirements
  • Image description: how to produce them in an efficient and sustainable way


October 25, 2019


Milan, Italy

Learn More

Visit the Accessibility Camp web page to see the full schedule.

Accessing Higher Ground 2019

November 18th to 22nd, 2019

This 5 day conference, presented and hosted by AHEAD focuses on the implementation and benefits of:

  • Accessible media, Universal Design and Assistive Technology in the university, business and public setting;
  • Legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance;
  • The creation of accessible media and information resources, including Web pages and library resources.
  • Universal Design and curriculum accessibility.
  • best practices for web design, reaching untapped audiences through accessible design, and compliance with existing and anticipated Section 508 and ADA stipulations.

Delegates will be interested in sessions presented by DAISY staff and Inclusive Publishing Partners:

  • Richard Orme, DAISY—Getting to Grips with EPUB
  • Richard Orme, DAISY—Inside EPUB
  • Erin Lucas, Red Shelf—Born Accessible: Ensuring you’re Adopting Accessible Course Materials
  • Richard Orme, DAISY—Creating and Remediating EPUB
  • Richard Orme, DAISY—Introducing Thorium, a new free desktop EPUB reader for Windows and Mac
  • George Kerscher, DAISY—EPUB Face Off: Publishers Getting it Right or Wrong. This session also includes Rachel Comerford (Macmillan), Jonathon Thurston (Pearson), Mary Conzachi (McGraw-Hill), Deb Castiglione (Cengage)
  • Rick Johnson, VitalSource—Take Control! Overriding Publisher Layout for Improved Accessibility in your Ebooks


November 18-22, 2019


Westin Westminster, Colorado, U.S.A.

Learn More

For further information on this excellent program and how to register visit the Accessing Higher  Ground website