Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference, 2020

January 29th to 31st, 2020

ATIA is the premier organization for manufacturers, sellers and providers of assistive technology (AT)—products, equipment and systems that enhance learning, working and daily living for persons with disabilities. The organization’s annual conference promises to be a stellar line up of speakers and workshops with over 350 session planned!


January 29-February 1, 2020


Orlando, Florida

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The ATIA event pages have all the information you need to register and take part in this exciting event


Digital Book World, 2020

September 16th, 2020

The popular mainstream publishing and technology conference, Digital Book World 2020 will now be held entirely online and will feature presentations on accessible publishing content and we look forward to updating you on our DAISY session at this event.


September 16, 2020



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For further details visit the Digital Book World website

CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, 2020

March 9th to 13th, 2020

The 35th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference will be held in March next year and it promises to be as exceptional as ever. More than 5,000 people gathered last year to explore new technologies designed to assist people with disabilities.​ A few of the sessions which are publishing related are listed below, including some delivered by DAISY staff:

March 11

10am—Publishers Face Off to Prove the Accessibility of their EPUBs

1.20pm—Automating Image Description via Machine Learning

2.20pm—Quest for the Holy Grail: Publishers Making Math Accessible


March 12

2.20—Universal Extended Image Descriptions for Publishers


March 13

9am—Creating Accessible ebooks from Word is Easy and Free

10am—What are the Best Options for Reading EPUB after Edge

11am—Pearson and T-Base Accessibility Textbook Catalog Benefits


Read the full conference schedule


March 9-13,2020


Anaheim, California

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For further information and registration details visit the CSUN Conference website  and follow #CSUNATC20 on twitter for all the latest news

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2020

May 21st, 2020

Global Accessibility Awareness Day is designed  to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion for people with different disabilities. Last year we reported on some terrific events held at publishing organizations and we hope to see similar this year. See our Publisher’s Toolkit of ideas to get you started.


May 21, 2020



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For information on last year’s event please read our event report

Book Expo America 2020

May 27th to 29th, 2020

BookExpo is now scheduled as an online event, book industry professionals are invited to network with peers to share knowledge, explore the newest trends, learn tactics to serve new audiences and generate potential business opportunities. Online delegates can attend various sessions with leading industry experts:

“On May 26-29, we’re excited to bring you BookExpo Online, featuring authors, experts and peers sharing their great work and ideas. The first day will feature a full slate of education sessions geared toward libraries and librarians, with later sessions including our popular Adult and Children’s Book Breakfasts (now converted to dinners!) where literary giants and celebrity authors will join us in conversation. Also on the schedule are the beloved BookExpo Buzz sessions (Adult, YA, and Middle Grade) where we’ll explore the breakout titles slated to become bestsellers. Tune in to BookExpo’s Facebook page for these sessions and more!”


May 26-29, 2020



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Visit the BEA website for further information

Rumble in the Publishing Jungle: PDF and EPUB Duke It Out!

November 12th, 2019

In the PDF corner, wearing the blue tutu, is Susan Kelmer and in the EPUB corner, wearing green trunks, is George Kerscher. This heavy weight event is ten rounds of full impact advocacy for access to information. “EPUB is the greatest,” said George Kerscher, and he went on to say, “I will show the way of the future for all born accessible published materials.”  “PDF is the established world champion,” countered Susan Kelmer, following with a right hook by continuing, “We know how to deal with PDF, and our students want PDF.” This is a sanctioned AHEAD championship event. The referee and question-keeper, who will make sure there is no hitting below the belt, will be Rachel Kruzel. Fans should make sure their tickets are booked ASAP because seats are limited, and this is the ultimate event to fully understand EPUB, PDF, their differences, and the advantages of each.


November 12, 2019



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Full registration details are available on the AHEAD event page

ABC International Excellence Award—Seeking Nominations for 2020

The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) International Excellence Award, to be given at London Book Fair 2020, is now open for nominations. ABC aims to increase the number of books worldwide in accessible formats, and make them available to people who are print disabled; the ABC International Excellence Award, given at LBF, recognizes outstanding leadership and achievement in advancing the accessibility of commercial e-books or other digital publications.

Two awards will be presented, one to a publisher and one for an initiative.  You can nominate your own organisation or a third party anywhere in the world, and nominations are encouraged from those based in developing or least developed countries.  The submissions deadline is December 16, 2019, and the awards will be given on March 10, 2020.  Click through for full details and visit the LBF awards site for submission information.

Accessibility Camp—A Moment of Study Between Experts

A collection of pink sticky notes being positioned on a boardThe LIA Foundation recently organized a day completely dedicated to the theme of accessibility for professionals in the publishing world and for content producers at the  Talent Garden Calabiana in Milan , as part of the MiCA project—Milan for Accessible Culture.

It was a day in which participants were able to meet experts from the world of digital accessibility to share knowledge, information and experiences—offering a moment of study, exchange and comparison on the subject of accessibility amongst professionals.

The first part of the day was dedicated to presentations from national and international experts who introduced and explored the dynamics and scenarios taking place at a global level.

Speakers included:

  • Cristina Mussinelli—The LIA Foundation
  • Antonio Cotroneo—The LIA Foundation
  • Avneesh Singh—The DAISY Consortium
  • Luc Audrain—Hachette Livre

The day began with a demo of a visually impaired user trying to buy and read an ebook which was great for setting the mood for the day.

Print impaired reader presenting to delegates with Gregorio Pellegrino assisting


Cristina Mussinelli from the LIA Foundation then introduced the workshop and explained the need to work together in order to comply with the new European legislative framework for accessibility: Marrakech Treaty and European Accessibility Act. The LIA Foundation has recently produced a white paper entitled: EBooks for All: Towards an Accessible Publishing Ecosystem

Avneesh Singh from The DAISY Consortium gave a keynote speech on publishing standards, including:

  • an introduction to EPUB 3.2
  • EPUBCheck—the prerequisite for adoption of EPUB 3.2 together with plans for further development
  • State of the art accessibility of EPUB 3—greatly reinforced by EPUB 3 Accessibility Conformance and Discovery specifications
  • information on EPUB 3.0.1 and EPUB accessibility specifications becoming ISO standards which will serve to further elevate EPUB and the EPUB Accessibility specification worldwide.

Luc Audrain, Head of Digitalization for Hachette Livre, rounded off the first part of the day with a keynote describing Hachette’s move to an EPUB 3 born accessible publishing workflow, without incurring additional cost. Luc’s drive has been a major factor in Hachette’s success made possible because he was the right person, in the right place, at the right time. It was great to see how just one person can bring about such a change.


Luc Audrain presents on EPUB 3 and workflows within Hachette Livre


During the second part of the Camp, three operational working groups were organized to explore specific topics in more detail:

  • How to make mathematics accessible in traditional production processes. This workshop also looked at other STEM materials.
  • Reading solutions: platforms and user experience
  • Discoverability and metadata : what do users want and what steps are needed to meet the deadlines set by the European Accessibility Act?

The LIA Foundation has also recently announced that the notable organizations, Associazione Italiana Dislessia (AID) and the Biblioteca Italiana per i Ciechi (Italian Library for the Blind) (BIC) have signed an agreement for the production and distribution of accessible copies of textbooks to blind and visual impaired students. The full press release of this announcement is available. The Foundation is busy setting up a Scientific Committee with many esteemed collaborators and we look forward to hearing about the plans and work of this group.