News Archive

e-Publishing on Mobile: Maximizing Opportunities for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities
2014-06-05

Stephen King, President of the DAISY Consortium, chaired a session on Tuesday, June 10th at 11:00 am at the M-Enabling Summit. This session was titled e-Publishing on Mobile: Maximizing Opportunities for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities.

 

Millions of e-books, as well as newspapers and magazines, are now readily available on mobile devices. How can persons with disabilities or seniors with reading impairments benefit from these trends? This panel, led by the DAISY Consortium, examined how technology, leading e-publishing platform vendors, the publishing industry and advances in copyrights law around the world can maximize opportunities for persons with disabilities for e-publications delivery on mobile platforms.

 

Panelists:

  • Michele Woods, Director, Copyright Law Division, Culture and Creative Industries Sector, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • Rick Johnson, VP of Product Management and Sales Engineering, Vital Source Technologies
  • MaryLee Perkins, Technology Manager, Center for Independent Living of Middle Tennessee
  • Kathleen Wahlbin, Senior Accessibility Specialist, Global Accessibility Solutions Team, Pearson
  • Glinda Hill, OSERS: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education

 

The full agenda of the M-Enabling Summit is available on the summit website.

Public Drafts of EDUPUB Specifications Available
2014-06-03

The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) has announced the elevation of four specifications to public draft status: EPUB 3 EDUPUB Profile, Open Annotation in EPUB, EPUB Distributable Objects, and EPUB Widget Packaging and Integration. These specifications were developed by the EPUB 3 Working Group. Member and broader community review on these initial drafts are solicited through June 30, 2014.  Members and non-members are welcome to submit comments via email to the IDPF / DAISY CTO and EPUB Working Group co-chair Markus Gylling.

 

The EDUPUB initiative is a global alliance of standards organizations and stakeholders developing a comprehensive model for exchanging and distributing learning content based on EPUB 3, the overall Open Web Platform, and other emerging and adopted standards.

 

The next meeting of the EDUPUB alliance, EDUPUB Europe 2014 will take place on June 19, 2014 in Oslo, Norway.  Register at http://edupubeurope.eventbrite.com/. For more information, please visit the IDPF website.

HIMS Releases New Media Player for People with Vision Impairments
2014-06-02

Blaze EZ, a new device available from HIMS Inc. improves independence and fast access to printed materials. This digital book reader decreases the need for a laptop, camera, scanner or personal assistance from a relative or friend. Blaze EZ is about the size of a deck of cards, and in addition to OCR text-to-speech access to printed text, it has the capability to read and/or play various digital document and media formats including DAISY books, Word documents and PDF files, music, Internet radio and more.

 

Students will now be able to listen to their textbooks in DAISY and other digital formats, and then take their Blaze EZ into the library for instant access to printed text with the touch of a single button. Professionals can scan and sort mail, review interoffice memos and browse restaurant menus independently while at lunch with their coworkers.

 

Blaze EZ features high-quality stereo speakers for high quality audio output and a built-in microphone for recording school lectures or business meetings. Built-in Wi-Fi adds easy access to podcasts, Internet radio and downloadable content such as DAISY and eBooks. An FM radio and talking clock are other beneficial features of this device for the blind. More information is provided in the official press release.

Launch of New Library Service Provides Accessible Books to Canadians With Print Disabilities
2014-05-30

The Centre for Equitable Library Access officially launched its new national service which provides accessible library services and materials to Canadians with print disabilities. The announcement was made at the Canadian Library Association’s National Conference in Victoria, BC.

 

Over three million Canadians have a print disability. This could be a learning, physical or visual disability that prevents a person from reading conventional print. For the 10 per cent of Canadians who have a print disability, access to reading materials in alternate formats like audio, braille and described video is often an ongoing challenge. Research shows that access to a broad range of reading materials has a direct and positive impact on a child’s success in school and in life. CELA makes it possible for these Canadians to gain easy access to a wealth of reading materials, in formats of their choice, right in their own communities through their local public library.

 

CELA audio books are available in either MP3 or DAISY format and can be listened to on user's computer or audio playback devices.

 

More information is provided in the official press release.

New SuperNova 14 Reads More than Ever for People with Any Visual Impairments
2014-05-23

SuperNova 14, immediately available, dramatically expands reading opportunities for a wide range of blind and partially sighted people. Thousands of books, hard copy print documents and tricky PDFs are made accessible with magnification, speech and Braille. SuperNova 14 also introduces the most straightforward touch screen access to the latest Windows tablets and laptops for low vision users who rely on magnification.

 

Richard Orme, Dolphin's Director of Innovation, who joined the company in 2013, says: "For decades Dolphin's screen access and alt format solutions have provided life changing opportunities for people who are blind or low vision throughout their education and professional careers. Now, Dolphin is partnering with leading providers of accessible content to boost access to books for millions of people who are blind, visually impaired and print-disabled."

 

Blind and partially sighted people can conveniently browse and search best sellers, classics and periodicals directly from the new Bookshelf tab within the SuperNova 14 Control Panel. Content from Bookshare® and other trusted library partners is made instantly accessible with magnification, speech and Braille. If you need to take books with you, SuperNova 14 can transfer titles to portable MP3 and DAISY players for reading on the go. You can also stay informed and entertained with SuperNova 14's convenient access to popular selections of internet radio stations, podcasts and news feeds.

 

More information is provided in the official press release.

On Course: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education
2014-05-18

CAST has a new website: “On Course: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education”. This site contains a series of resources designed to help postsecondary institutions improve instruction through Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The press release about the new site is available at: http://www.cast.org/about/news/2014-05-14.html.

 

Built with responsive design to allow optimal viewing on mobile, laptop, and desktop devices, On Course focuses on the implementation of UDL at the postsecondary level in five areas: (1) Assessment, (2) Improving Institutional Policies and Practices, (3) Selecting Media and Technology, (4) Planning Your Course, and (5) Teaching Approaches. Each area contains resources that demonstrate ways to address learner variability in an effort to improve learning opportunities, retention, and outcomes.

 

On Course is a project of the Open Professionals Education Network (OPEN), a collaborative of CAST, Creative Commons, the Open Learning Initiative at Stanford and Carnegie Mellon, and the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation created OPEN as a way to support community college grantees of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training (TAACCCT) program, which aims to help adults succeed in acquiring the skills, degrees, and credentials needed for high-wage, high-skill employment.

 

Follow On Course on Twitter (@UDL_OnCourse), Google+, and YouTube.

eBooks for Everyone! An Opportunity for More Inclusive Libraries
2014-05-12

Together with BrailleNet, the IFLA section for Library Services to the Print Disabled (LPD) is organizing a two day event in Paris in August 2014. Please take notice that the full program for this IFLA/LPD joint conference on eBooks is now available on the conference website.

 

The conference is open for everybody, and of special interest to those who want to learn more about how eBooks can open up reading possibilities for those who cannot read print.

This event will take place as a satellite conference in Paris, directly after IFLA’s annual conference in Lyon. Organizers were able to pull together a strong and interesting program making up a full two day program, August 22-23. Go and visit the conference website: eBooks for everyone! An opportunity for more inclusive libraries. The early registration discount will be available until June 15th.

O'Reilly Accessibility eBooks in DAISY and EPUB Formats
2014-05-09

Many audiences have difficulty using complex websites, including people with blindness, hearing loss, physical disabilities, and cognitive disorders. Learn how to make your sites accessible to all with support assistive technologies. Understand which fonts, colors, page layouts, and other design elements work best, without excluding advanced functions.

 

Ebooks from http://shop.oreilly.com are DRM-free and O'Reilly offers a 50% discount on two accessibility related e-books, available also in DAISY and EPUB formats until May 10, 2014 at 5AM PT. Check out this special offer now.

Participate in Global Accessibility Awareness Day: Experience Accessibility First-Hand on May 15th
2014-05-04

Whether you are planning to participate in a public or private event to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 15th, organizers encourage designers, developers, usability professionals, and everyone else to take an hour to experience first-hand the impact of digital accessibility (or lack there of). Various ideas for participation are provided on the Global Accessibility Awareness Day website.

WIPO Copyright Committee To Consider Exceptions For Libraries
2014-04-27

World Intellectual Property Organization delegates will meet again. The 27th session of the World Intellectual Property Organization Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) will take place from April 28 to May 2nd. Also on the agenda of the copyright committee are exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives, for which the nature of the instrument(s) that would provide such exceptions is not yet defined.

 

Another agenda item is a proposal on a copyright consortium for managing books for visually impaired persons.

April 23rd, World Book & Copyright Day
2014-04-23

April 23rd is a symbolic date for world literature. It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.

 

UNESCO's General Conference was held in Paris in 1995, to pay tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, including young people, to discover the joy of reading. In this regard, UNESCO created the World Book and Copyright Day. More information is available on the UNESCO website.

Call for Proposals: CNIB National Braille Conference BRAILLE +
2014-04-23

CNIB invites session proposals by April 30th for its 2014 CNIB National Braille Conference - BRAILLE +, that will take place October 30th and 31st in Toronto. The conference will offer a variety of workshops, roundtables, panels and presentations that are interactive, practical, skill-based, research-based and/or theoretical. Organizers encourage proposals from a wide range of different perspectives. Your session should be informative and facilitate discussion and should provide reference materials such as prepared handouts.

 

Proposals should fall within one of the three broad conference themes. Some examples include:

 

Education and Transition:

Unified English Braille (UEB); teaching techniques and/or philosophies; being prepared for school; first job experiences; increasing independence, soft and social skills; increasing technical skills; mentorship and peer support.

 

Digital Literacy and Accessibility:

Braille software and hardware; online privacy and digital footprint; social media for personal and professional uses; smartphones, tablets and apps for everyday activities; new developments in assistive technology and mainstream products; increasing sensory accessibility/ usability in the workplace and the community.

 

Advocacy and Government Policies:

Braille literacy; vision health; employment; accessibility; technology; transportation; funding for services; built environment; consumer advocacy; multi-stakeholder approaches: working with service providers, employers and governments.

More information is provided on the CNIB website.

Tobi 2.3 Brings Full-Text, Full-Audio Image Descriptions to Mainstream EPUB 3 Media Overlays
2014-04-22

DAISY Consortium is pleased to announce the new release of the next generation open source multimedia book production tool, Tobi.

 

Tobi is a rare software tool that can produce books compliant with the mainstream EPUB 3 specifications as well as advanced accessible publishing requirements. The new version is equipped with the capability of adding full-text, full-audio image descriptions to EPUB 3 media overlays. This feature enables DAISY production centres and other organizations producing accessible content to add accessibility enhancements to the mainstream EPUB 3 publications. This is an important step in the direction of embedding advanced accessibility features in publications that have basic built-in accessibility.

 

Other additions include a basic framework for integrating audio processing libraries (this includes operations such as normalization, amplification, increasing/decreasing speech rate ), as well as direct commands for creating text-to-speech for the entire book, and regular bug fixes.

 

The latest version of Tobi is also available in Spanish. Thank you goes to Juan Islas Carbajal from Presta Tu Voz, Mexico for the translations.

 

To learn more about Tobi, please visit Tobi project area (http://www.daisy.org/tobi/). For more information about what’s new in this release, please visit the change log (http://www.daisy.org/tobi/change-log).

 

World Book Night Promotes Literacy and Reading
2014-04-22

World Book Night was created in 2011 in England and Ireland to encourage reading and bring attention to adult literacy, according to the World Book Night website. This is different than World Book Day, which brings attention to books for schoolchildren. World Book Night celebrates Shakespeare’s birthday and International Day of the Book.

 

Hundreds of thousands of books will be given away as part of the annual 
celebration of reading and books on April 23rd, 2014. More information is provided on the World Book Night website.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day: May 15, 2014
2014-04-18

Global Accessibility Awareness Day is a community-driven effort with a goal to dedicate one day to raising the profile of and introducing the topic of digital (web, software, mobile app/device etc.) accessibility and people with different disabilities to the broadest audience possible. Read more on the Global Accessibility Awareness Day website.

Mathematical Markup Language Version 3.0 2nd Edition Released
2014-04-16

MathML 3.0 was released as a W3C Recommendation on October 21st, 2010, with a second edition released on April 10th, 2014 (http://www.w3.org/TR/2014/REC-MathML3-20140410/). A product of the W3C Math Working Group, MathML is a low-level specification for describing mathematics. It serves as a basis for machine to machine communications and provides a needed foundation for the inclusion of mathematical expressions in webpages. MathML is also important in publishing workflows for science and technology. The new version brings accessibility improvements and better support for formulas in languages written from right to left. The basic markup remains the same. Review Testimonials welcoming MathML 3.0. More information is provided on the W3C Math Home page.

Disability Rights in the 21st Century: Creative Solutions for Achieving the Right to Live in the World
2014-04-11

Don't miss your opportunity to hear 2014 theme keynote speakers Jenny Hatch and Jonathan Martinis talk about the landmark case in which Ms. Hatch won the right to make her own decisions through supported decision-making rather than being forced into a guardianship that she did not want and that would make all decisions for her. The luncheon keynote will be given by Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary, Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education.

 

The 2014 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium (April 24-25 at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute in Baltimore, Maryland) will consist of plenary sessions and workshops facilitated by distinguished law professors, practitioners, and advocates who will discuss topics such as: disability discrimination in the criminal and juvenile justice systems, next steps in Olmstead litigation, rights of parents with disabilities, supported decision making as an alternative to guardianship, and how to work with the media to get the disability rights message across.

 

Registration closes April 17th. Register now.

Accessibility: A Driver for Mobile Innovation (M-Enabling Summit)
2014-04-04

The M-Enabling Global Summit is the only program exclusively dedicated to promoting mobile accessible and assistive applications and services for senior citizens and users of all abilities, a market of more than one billion users worldwide, with considerable untapped potential.

Check out the M-Enabling Summit speaker lineup.

Benefits of participating in the M-Enabling Summit:

  • Network with peers and experts from industry, service providers, apps developers, organizations of seniors and persons with disabilities, and professionals representing special education, rehabilitation and senior care services
  • Promote your own mobile accessible and assistive solutions to key interested stakeholders
  • Learn about the latest developments, innovations, market drivers and emerging opportunities
  • Share perspectives with international participants
  • See the latest products, services and applications in a showcase featuring companies and organizations driving innovation with accessible and assistive mobile technologies solutions
  • Gain new insights from case studies by service providers, and public and private sector organizations experienced in marketing and services for seniors and persons with disabilities.

More information is provided on the Summit website. Save $100 when you register for M-Enabling Summit (June 9-10, 2014 - Washington DC) by April 11th: http://bit.ly/OZ1N7e.

Coming Soon in Dolphin SuperNova
2014-03-24

Read what you want how you want with the next major upgrade to the SuperNova family of screen magnifiers and screen readers from Dolphin:

  • NEW: Find, download and read thousands of accessible books and periodicals from online libraries including Bookshare, NFB Newsline, Gutenberg and many more
  • NEW: Straightforward gestures enable people with low vision to easily use the latest Microsoft Windows 8 tablets and touch screen laptops with magnification
  • NEW: Touch Bar displays convenient buttons at the bottom of touch screens to change colours and speak documents out loud
  • NEW: High Contrast Large print keyboard makes onscreen typing practical for people with low vision
  • NEW: Scan and Read to make paper documents accessible with speech and Braille
  • UPDATE: True Fonts make magnified text look even clearer in the latest applications running on Windows 8

The latest best sellers, timeless classics and popular periodicals can be downloaded from accessible libraries using a new Bookshelf tab page added to the SuperNova Control Panel. Content providers include Bookshare, NFB Newsline and Gutenberg amongst others, with more libraries being added regularly.

 

The Bookshelf tab also includes buttons to jump quickly to a popular selection of RSS news feeds, podcasts and internet radio stations. More information is provided on the Dolphin Computer Access website.

Announcing EDUPUB Europe 2014
2014-03-19

EDUPUB Europe 2014 will take place in Oslo, Norway, June 19th 2014. The meeting will provide an update on current progress of the EDUPUB initiative to advance the effective adoption and use of e-textbooks and other digital learning materials by improving interoperability, accessibility, and baseline capabilities via broad adoption of enabling technical standards. EDUPUB is an alliance of trade and standards organizations and other stakeholders working to establish a globally interoperable, accessible, open ecosystem for e-Textbooks and other Digital Learning Materials via EPUB 3, Educational Sector Standards and the Open Web Platform.

 

The workshop is co-sponsored by IDPF and IMS Global Learning and hosted by ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC36 as well as Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences / LACE project. The agenda and registration details for the workshop are available at: http://idpf.org/edupub-europe-2014. Registration will be open through May 1, 2014 - but space is limited. Act now to secure your spot at this key meeting. Proposals to present a position paper (an option that can be selected on the registration page) are requested by April 21, 2014.

 

Other upcoming EDUPUB related events include IMS Learning Impact Leadership Institute, (May 5-8, New Orleans) which will feature an EDUPUB update panel and the IDPF Digital Book conference at BookExpo America, (May 28-29 in New York City, NY) which will have several EDUPUB sessions in its Education track.

Dolphin Publisher: Support Added for Human-Narrated EPUB 3 Files with Media Overlays
2014-03-06

Libraries are now ready to prepare for the future of accessible eBook production with Dolphin Publisher's support for human-narrated EPUB 3 with media overlays.

 

"The EPUB 3 standard empowers publishers to create fully accessible text and audio content in a mainstream digital format" explains Mattias Karlsson, AltFormat Product Manager at Dolphin. "The addition of EPUB 3 support in Dolphin Publisher continues Dolphin's commitment to enabling digital libraries to fully engage readers with vision and print impairments with professionally produced, human-narrated eBooks". More information is available in the official press release on the Dolphin Computer Access website.

Zero Project Report 2014 on Accessibility Published
2014-02-25

More than 1,000 experts from all around the world worked on this year’s Zero Project Report. Together, they mapped the state of implementation of the CRPD (U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) in 130 countries. They nominated 243 projects for the title of “Innovative Practice 2014” as well as 68 policies for the title of “Innovative Policy 2014".

 

In this year’s Zero Project Report you will find:

  • Questionnaire results on the state of implementation of the CRPD, especially accessibility, from 130 countries
  • 54 Innovative Practices on accessibility
  • 15 Innovative Policies advancing accessibility and universal design

Among other recognized Innovative Accessible Practices of 2014 is a publication in DAISY multimedia format, developed by the Assistive Technology Development Organization (ATDO) in Japan. This is an easy to understand accessible evacuation manual for people with intellectual disabilities, currently implemented in Urakawa Town, Hokkaido, Japan.

 

Download and share the full Zero Project Report 2014 (in English, in PDF)

 

Visit the Zero Project website and comment on:

 

Results on accessibility: http://zeroproject.org/indicator-type/convention/ and http://zeroproject.org/indicator-type/accessibility/

54 Innovative Practices: http://zeroproject.org/practice-type/selected/

15 Innovative Policies: http://zeroproject.org/policy/introduction/

BISG, DAISY and IDPF Launch EPUBTest.org to Showcase Reading System Conformance
2014-02-24

The new website epubtest.org has been launched in a collaborative effort between the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), DAISY Consortium, and the IDPF. EPUBTest.org provides a unified home for the definitive EPUB 3 Reading System Conformance Test Suite, originally developed by the IDPF, and the next generation of the BISG EPUB 3 Support Grid. This grid has been revamped moving from an Excel spreadsheet listing high-level features into a web-based database with fine-grained results determined objectively via the EPUB 3 Test Suite. The initial set of results showcase conformance of over two dozen different reading systems. At launch, the four highest scoring reading systems were Readium for Chrome (82% on required EPUB 3 features, 74% overall including optional features), VitalSource Bookshelf (79.5% / 61.5% for Mac version), iBooks (77.6% / 60.6% for iOS version), and Kobo iOS App (71.4% / 61% ). But now the race is on: who will be the first to reach 100% conformance?

Learning Ally Webinar: Dyslexia and the Individualized Education Program
2014-02-22

Discover how to avoid and catch the most common mistakes in an IEP (Individualized Education Program) for a student with dyslexia.

 

During this free 60-minute webinar, How to Make Sure the IEP is in Tip-Top Shape, Kelli Sandman-Hurley and Tracey Block-Zaretsky will share an overview about appropriate goals and services.

 

Date: Tuesday, February 25th

Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. EST

You will learn:

  • What information should be included in the IEP
  • Where information for an IEP document should come from
  • How to determine the level of services
  • How to determine which and how many goals to include
  • What should be included in the accommodations section
  • State testing requirements
  • Modifications versus accommodations

Recording will be posted to webinar archives.

Braille Translation Software: Duxbury DBT 11.2 Has Been Released
2014-02-19

The Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT) has always been at the forefront in implementing Unified English Braille (UEB). Duxbury DBT Version 11.2 contains further enhancements. DBT now has a UEB Learning Series for the UK (these are a series of translators that allow learning of contractions in graduated steps). Users can now use variable width fonts on the "print side" of DBT. For many languages, this is a substantial improvement.

 

DBT 11.2 can read Word 2007/2010/2013 documents. It also handles tabular format, Excel files.


Other notable improvements:

  • Better support for the new BANA 2011 Formats (used in the United States)
  • New SWIFT 4.0 gives greater power and flexibility from Microsoft Word (SWIFT 4.0 will be released shortly)
  • Nemeth Code, Braille to Print support added
  • Export from DBT to Microsoft Word via HTML
  • DBT has new software to handle installation and activation issues
  • DBT now contains a Czech and a Chinese User Interface (see Global Menu, Internationalization)
  • Formatted Braille Files with non-US encodings can now be imported by DBT (requires *.bff extension and the use of another encoding in the Global, Internationalization Menu)
  • Smart Phone Integration with DBT
  • More languages and better support of existing languages
  • Better Embosser support
  • Math file importing and braille math translation have been improved

More information is provided on the Duxbury Systems website.

Now Available: CRPD 2013 ICT Accessibility Progress Report
2014-02-13

NEW DELHI, INDIA (February 13, 2014) — The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) and Disabled People’s International (DPI) announce the release of a new report on benchmarking progress in making Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) accessible in compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Key findings will be presented this week in New Delhi at Techshare India 2014, a conference and exhibition discussing accessibility and assistive technology at a national level with international participation, hosted by BarrierBreak, in partnership with the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP), the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), UK and with the support of G3ict.

 

Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director of G3ict said: “This 2013 edition of the CRPD ICT Accessibility Progress Report, which covers two third of the world population, documents critical global gaps in ICT accessibility. Those facts call for the United Nations post-2015 agenda to incorporate ICTs as a critical success factor for the inclusion of persons with disabilities.”

 

In its third edition, the CRPD 2103 ICT Accessibility Progress Report offers disability advocates, governments, civil society and international organizations monitoring the progress of the implementation of the CRPD by States Parties, unique benchmarks for country laws, policies, and programs pertaining to accessible and assistive ICTs.

 

Based on the findings from the 2010 and 2012 editions of the Progress Report, it is clear that digital accessibility is not merely about greater use of technologies by persons with disabilities. It is about transforming information-based policies and the ICT ecosystem. Addressing the ICT arena is part of a larger effort to build an information society based on ensuring people’s right to communicate, use knowledge for their own ends, and overcome barriers on freedom to use, share and modify ICTs and information content. This aligns with the theme of the September 2013 High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development of the United Nations General Assembly on the realization of the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally-agreed development goals for persons with disabilities. The CRPD 2103 ICT Accessibility Progress Report is available for download from the G3ict website.

IBM Standardizing on EPUB to Reduce Digital Barriers and Increase Mobile Support
2014-02-13

SEATTLE, WA – 13 February 2014 (PRESS RELEASE): International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a collaboration to develop a white paper highlighting lessons learned from IBM’s recent decision to support EPUB as the company’s primary packaged portable document format. EPUB is the widely adopted open standard format, for digital publications, developed by IDPF, based on HTML5 and other technologies from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), as well as technologies from IDPF. IDPF is a trade and standards association with over 300 members in over 45 countries. Increased client demand for mobile solutions, accessibility through the cloud, and the transformational opportunities both pose for enterprise content are the key drivers for IBM’s move to the next-generation portable document format. By standardizing on EPUB, IBM is also extending its leadership in accessibility and delivering a rich user experience and engagement.

 

“We applaud IBM’s innovation in adopting EPUB across the spectrum of enterprise content and in its education solutions, to create a better reading experience for its content across devices and the spectrum of individual needs,” said Bill McCoy, Executive Director, IDPF. “We look forward to collaborating to showcase lessons learned by a global IT leader in order to help other enterprises and content publishers move digital publishing onto the Open Web Platform.”

 

IBM also recently joined IDPF as well as the Readium Foundation, a consortium formed last year to develop open source tools libraries to accelerate adoption of the latest IDPF standards and bootstrap the development of compatible reading solutions. Over 40 industry leaders, including IBM, are contributing funds, people, and technology to advance the Readium effort. IBM will also be promoting EPUB based workflows in its IT solutions for e-learning and education publishing.

 

"Since our inception, the DAISY Consortium has focused on making knowledge and information accessible to persons who are blind and print disabled. One example of this focus is our contribution to the development of the EPUB Standards. IBM's announcement supporting Accessible EPUB 3 as the default distribution mechanism will immediately impact the adoption of Inclusive Publishing techniques around the world. All governments, business, and educational institutions should embrace Inclusive Publishing techniques to help bring persons with disabilities into the Information Age. We applaud this move by IBM to use the EPUB Standard which is accessible, portable, and re-flows content to any size screen making it perfect for mobile devices and desktop computers," said George Kerscher, Secretary General for the DAISY Consortium.

 

The official press release is available on the IDPF website at http://idpf.org/news/ibm_adopts_epub, supporter quotes are at http://idpf.org/news/ibm_adopts_epub-supporter-quotes.

User-driven e-Accessibility: 8th European eAccessibility Forum
2014-02-11

The 8th European eAccessibility Forum will be held on March 31st, 2014 at the Cité des Sciences in Paris. It will bring together internationally renowned experts on "User-driven e-Accessibility". Save the date now! The program is available and registration is open online at: http://eaf2014.braillenet.org.

Google Australia Seeks Feedback From Blind Users
2014-02-09

Google Australia is seeking people who are blind or vision impaired to share their experience of using Google apps on mobile devices.

 

Participants will be interviewed by market researchers for two hours about the assistive technology they use on their phones and tablets and how they rate the accessibility of Google apps such as Gmail and Drive. The information gathered will be used by Google to improve the accessibility of its products. Participants will remain anonymous and will be paid $200 for their time.

 

To join in email Qualitative Recruitment Australia [office(at)qra.net.au] or call Murray Gale 02 9371 0855.

CSUN 2014 Session Schedule Now Posted
2014-01-31

The General Sessions Schedule for the 29th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference has now been posted to the CSUN 2014 website. The Directory of Exhibitors is also available. Please note that this list is preliminary and is subject to change.

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