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Latest News

UK AAG Launches Publishing Industry Accessibility Survey

The Accessibility Action Group, in the UK, has launched an accessibility survey to reflect on the progress in the work towards publications that can […]

Ace by DAISY updates released

A new update to Ace by DAISY, the Accessibility Checker for EPUB, has been released, updating both the Ace App and the command line […]

Welcoming New Inclusive Publishing Partners

We are thrilled to begin this year with 2 new Inclusive Publishing Partners. Colibrio and BoinIT are very welcome additions to our stellar list of partners. Boin Information Technologies, […]

Upcoming Events

Information access is essential for all people including those with print disabilities going about their daily lives.  The 2022 Round Table Conference in Australia will explore the challenges and opportunities in this rapidly changing world for technology developers, accessible format producers, libraries, publishers, education institutions, government bodies and other organisations in facilitating equitable information access for people with print disabilities. Inclusion and Access to Information in Our Changing World is this year’s theme.

DAISY CEO, Richard Orme, is a feature speaker at this event with a session entitled: Born accessible ebooks – are we there yet?

The 4th iteration of this popular conference takes as it’s theme ” Sustainability, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: with a focus on Digital Accessibility in one of it’s 6 streams. The event is being held in partnership with Cambridge University Press.

“Universities and University Presses are, by nature, mission-driven and these are challenging areas in which we should be leading the way. But often we are not doing enough, or we are not doing enough fast enough. Many UPs are limited in size, which comes with real challenges around diverse recruitment and the auditing of sustainability across a complex supply chain.

With Redux 2022, we will take a practical approach, focus on implementation and not be afraid to ask the difficult questions.”

Of particular interest to our readers is the session on Digital Accessibility entitled How do we go from talking about accessibility to being accessible? Chaired by Huw Alexander (textBOX Digital) this panel will discuss how to take steps to making publishing more accessible in practice, talking through their experiences and offering one practical step university presses can take.

Ebook accessibility can be daunting if you don’t know where to start. Booknet Canada have prepared this workshop as a starting place for everyone who wants to learn how to make accessible, ready-for-the-market ebooks, regardless of their department or previous experience with ebooks. Laura Brady and Monique Mongeon head up the training team for this 4 hour session.
Subject areas will include:

  • The basics of working with HTML in your EPUB
  • How to test for accessibility
  • How to identify and resolve errors
  • The latest tools, gadgets, and gizmos to make the work easier
  • How to describe your ebook for maximum discoverability

Attendees will leave with a clear understanding of how to create accessible content and understand how the decisions they make will impact the reading experience for everyone.

Each year, the global accessibility community unites on the third Thursday of May for Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) to highlight the need for more inclusive digital content. Blackboard have joined the conversation by inspiring and motivating institutions across the globe to demonstrate how accessible content is better content.

Due to the successaround last year’s event, Blackboard is bringing back the Fix Your Content Day, a 24-hour global event committed to creating accessible and more inclusive digital learning content. The objective of the day is to mobilize instructors and staff to fix as many digital course files as possible through Blackboard Ally.