Calendar: Upcoming Events

A list of past events is also available.

2015-04-14 to 2015-04-16 - London, UK

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The Annual Accessibility Seminar, organized by the PA Accessibility Action Group at The London Book Fair will concentrate this year on practical ways to include accessibility within publishing workflows. IDPF Executive Director Bill McCoy (who is also serving as President of Readium Foundation) will be presenting on Readium at this session which is open to all fair attendees. Further details are provided on the London Book Fair website.

2015-04-28 - New York City

This half-day conference on the trends and trend-makers in higher education publishing is essential for anyone involved in the development and dissemination of content and learning tools in higher education. It will be held in New York City.


Book Industry Study Group (BISG) has long hosted an annual conference analyzing the dramatic shifts in the way students learn, instructors teach, and content providers and their distribution partners develop and deliver course material. Formerly called the Making Information Pay for Higher Ed Conference, we've recast it in consultation with an advisory committee representing some of the best minds in the business, to better reflect the dynamic state of the industry. More information will be posted to the BISG website.

2015-05-18 to 2015-05-19 - Waikiki, Hawaii

In 2015, new topic areas will promote thoughtful discussion and suggest new ways to integrate education, technology, advocacy, activism and interdisciplinary research. We all strive to strengthen communities and enhance the lives of all human beings. Together, we can harness the tremendous synergy generated by the intermingling and cross-fertilization of diverse perspectives, and ‘spread the word’ as we continue our professional and personal life journey.


Take your first steps to the islands by visiting the conference website: Organizers welcome your ideas, suggestions and enthusiasm. You are welcome to Waikiki, Hawaii, May 18 & 19, 2015.

2015-05-18 to 2015-05-20 - Milan, Italy

The Web for All (W4A) conference is co-located with WWW 2015 and MobiSys 2015 conferences.

2015-05-27 to 2015-05-28 - New York City

The IDPF Digital Book Conference returns to BookExpo America in May 2015 with the theme Putting Readers First: Connecting with Consumers in the Digital Age. More information is provided on the IDPF website.

2015-06-01 to 2015-06-05 - Nairobi, Kenya

The 5th CBR conference (CBR Guidelines: A Bridge to Inclusive Society Beyond 2015 Development Framework) will provide an opportunity to review implementation of the Guidelines since their launch in 2010 and examine how implementation of CBR programmes addresses the needs of persons with disabilities. It provides a forum for sharing community based rehabilitation (CBR) practices that continue to promote inclusion of persons with disabilities including in the education sector. More information is available at

2015-06-01 to 2015-06-02 - Washington DC, USA

Full details are provided on the M-Enabling Summit website.

2015-06-08 - Paris, France

Knowledge is a key driver of social and economic development. It helps shape individual and collective identity and can be a tool for empowerment and inclusion. In this context, disparities in capacity to access and use knowledge can greatly hinder the development of an inclusive society and become a significant source of inequality. While significant progress has been made through assistive technologies and accessibility standards, persons with disabilities are still at risk of exclusion from education.


Access to production, distribution and acquisition tools is therefore of crucial importance in modern society. It is also indicative of how we are able to address the need for access to knowledge for all.


The 9th European e-Accessibility Forum: e-Accessible Knowledge on June 8th, 2015 in Paris aims to provide a concrete demonstration of technologies, tools and methods that can improve access to education.


More information is provided on the 9th e-Accessibility Forum website. Register now.

2015-06-09 to 2015-06-10 - Paris, France

2015-06-10 - Paris, France

2015-06-10 to 2015-06-12 - Fraunhofer FIT, Sankt Augustin, Germany

DSAI 2015 is the 6th International Conference on Software Development and Technologies for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion. DSAI 2015 will take place June 10-12, 2015 in Fraunhofer FIT, Sankt Augustin, Germany.


Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) play a major role in our lives. However, ICT development may also raise barriers and widen the gap between the average user and those with special needs, instead of contributing to eliminating this gap and promoting equal rights and opportunities for all.


Senior citizens and other individuals with special needs often face multiple minor disabilities that prevent them from enjoying the benefits of technology. According to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, technology design should always take into account accessibility and usability features. More information is provided on the DSAI 2015 website.

2015-06-18 to 2015-06-19 - Columbia, Maryland, US

The speakers will address the obligations for accessibility of all types of instructional materials. They will also provide ideas for developing an institutional plan for accessibility of instructional materials and technology. Discussions will help to clarify how accessibility professionals can work collaboratively to address accessibility expectations.


An online registration form and additional information can be found on the Assocation of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) website.

2015-07-13 to 2015-07-19 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

More information is provided on the AHEAD 2015 website.

2015-08-15 to 2015-08-21 - Cape Town, South Africa

Complete information on how to become a delegate for WLIC 2015, including details concerning conference registration, hotels, library visits, tours & activities, etc. are available on the conference website.

2015-09-09 to 2015-09-12 - Budapest, Hungary

AAATE focuses on the Advancement of Assistive Technology in its widest sense and strives to involve all stakeholders along the value chain. Organizers are pleased to invite you to Budapest, Hungary, a beautiful and culturally rich city in the heart of Europe. More information is provided on the AAATE website.

2015-09-21 to 2015-09-22 - China Braille Library in Beijing, China

The theme of the 11th forum will be "Straddling, Merging and Sharing: A New Level of the Information Accessibility". There will be several sub-forums including "Assistive Technology", "Education and Training", "Public Cultural Services". "Accessible Reading", "Accessible Publishing" and "Government Assistance on Blind Aids and Services".

2015-10-04 to 2015-10-08 - Kampala, Uganda

The 6th Africa Forum will focus on the post-Millennium Development Goals debate and the new development agenda for the millions of people who are blind or partially sighted.

It promises to be the largest-ever gathering of Africa’s blindness community, so mark your calendars! More information is provided on the event website.