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.

Webinar: Creating Accessible Content

March 20th, 2019

Tzviya Siegman, Information Standard Lead at Wiley and member of the W3C Advisory Board is taking part in this NISO webinar entitled: Long Form […]

New European Legislation Welcomed by FEP

Charlotte Eyre from The Bookseller has reported: “The Federation of European Publishers (FEP) has welcomed a European act of parliament created to make products […]

Congratulations to the 2019 Winners of the ABC International Excellence Awards

The winners of the Accessible Books Consortium International Excellence Awards were announced last night at the London Book Fair 2019. Nominees were judged on […]

Inspiring Words from Industry Leaders: Interview with Tzviya Siegman, Wiley

Inclusive Publishing is continuing with its popular series of interviews with industry leaders and their approach to accessibility. Our first interview of 2019 is […]

Rethinking Content for Inclusive Higher Education—A Two-Part Article from textBOX

Over the last few months, textBOX has been on a listening tour, speaking with disability service offices and publishers to understand the challenges and […]