Accessibility is Accessible

Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016
Time: 1:00–4:00 PM
Location: Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Organizers: AAUP Design & Production Committee (Chair: Nicole Hilton, XML Workflow Supervisor, P-Shift, University of Toronto Press)
Moderator: Bill Kasdorf, VP and Principal Consultant, Apex Content and Media Solutions

Speakers: Jamie Axelrod, Director of Disability Resources, Northern Arizona University and President-Elect of the Association on Higher Education and Disability; Sue-Ann Ma, DIAGRAM Center, Benetech; Jon McGlone, Front End Developer and UI Designer, Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan; Madeleine Rothberg, WGBH National Center for Accessible Media

It's easier than ever now to make your books better for everybody by making them accessible.

Recent advances in the digital publishing ecosystem, which affect how we all produce, distribute, and consume content, are making it easier than ever to make all publications accessible to everybody, whatever their abilities. Web standards for accessibility are becoming widely understood, implemented, and even mandated globally. The semantics inherent in HTML5 and the Open Web Platform are fundamental to enabling assistive technologies to provide accessible content to the print-disabled. And EPUB 3—built on HTML5 and Web standards and the format in which, today, virtually all our books are distributed to the ebook supply chain—is not only designed for accessibility but is now the format recommended by the DAISY Consortium, the leading international organization for accessibility, for the distribution of accessible content.

As a result, we are converging on a new publishing paradigm that is the culmination of two fundamental goals:

  • People who need to use assistive technology should be able to buy and use the same digital books everybody else does, without enduring the delays and expenses that are currently required to provide them the books they need. This is especiallyimportant in education and scholarship, where complete and timely access is so critical.
  • By incorporating good accessibility practices into their editorial and production workflows, publishers will make their books better for all users. Just as we all benefit from curb cuts in sidewalks, closed captioned video in noisy places, and Siri on our iPhones (all developed for accessibility), making books accessible makes them better, period.

This workshop will help you understand the issues behind making books accessible, update you on the many activities underway that are clarifying the expectations for accessible content, provide a basic summary of what university presses should do to make their books accessible, and point you to resources that can help you do just that. It will be invaluable to everybody from administrators, who know how important it is for their presses to address this issue, to the editorial, design, production, and digital managers and staff who need to make their books and websites accessible.

Registration details: The registration fee is $200 for AAUP Members and Librarians, $225 for non-member nonprofits, and $250 for non-members.