Better Access to Content in Classrooms and Beyond


Students with print disabilities have difficulty accessing printed books and learning materials. Collaborative efforts have helped to improve traditional textbook accessibility, but there is still a lot of work ahead.

With the advent of digital publishing epublications can now provide access to information for students who were not able to access course materials previously. Adaptive reading systems enable a rich reading experience for them.

Digital-First Learning Materials

The widest adoption of the EPUB 3 format is in the educational publishing space. EPUB 3 offers the most opportunity for mainstream accessible publishing and the free open source EPUB checking tool Ace by DAISY has been developed to assist content providers in their efforts to provide accessible learning content. By developing learning materials that include mainstream accessibility you will greatly decrease the cost of specialist instructional materials and offer access to learning at the same time, the same price and in the same format

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What about Legal Requirements?

Colleges and universities are required to ensure equal access to educational benefits and opportunities. All members of the campus communities are encouraged to follow best practices and accessibility standards. In doing so, they ensure that their content can be viewed by all.  Review legal obligations for accessibility on campus.

What does the European Accessibility Act Mean for Global Publishing?

Directive (EU) 2019/882 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the accessibility requirements for products and services Our thanks to Laura Brady […]

EPUBCheck: W3C Announces Release of Version 4.2.5 and New Website

W3C are pleased to announce the latest production-ready release of EPUBCheck, version 4.2.5, providing support for checking conformance to the EPUB 3.2 family of […]

The Important Role of the Editor in Making Science Accessible

This article, by Bill Kasdorf, has been cross-posted with kind permission from Science Editor, the CSE Journal. Making publications accessible for people with print […]

Accessibility in Publishing

May 3rd, 2021

This presentation is to be given at the Council of Science Editors (CSE) Annual Meeting which is open to members and non-members. DAISY Chief […]

Word Document Accessibility 101 (W)

In our series of free weekly webinars March 10th, 2021, saw a practical workshop-style session focused on the accessibility of word documents. In our webinar series […]