Products and services to be made more accessible in EU


Key products and services such as phones, e-book readers, operating systems and payment terminals, will have to be made more accessible to people with disabilities under draft EU rules.


The Internal Market Committee amended and approved the rules, which would apply only to products and services placed on the EU market after the directive comes into effect.


Internal Market Committee rapporteur, Morten Løkkegaard (ALDE, DK), said: “Accessibility is a precondition for persons living with disabilities to enjoy equal participation and therefore to play an active role in society. To this end, it is vital to ensure smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. With greater accessibility for people with disabilities, we get a stronger Europe, which is not just a goal for politicians but also for businesses, which the European Accessibility Act will encourage to innovate with more accessible products and services.”


More information is available on the Global Accessibility News website.

Webbox3 to be launched at Sight City 2017


Solutions Radio from Delft, Netherlands will proudly present version 3 of its renowned Webbox during the forthcoming Sight City in Frankfurt! Solutions Radio will launch Webbox3 for the European market.


What is Webbox3?

Webbox3 is a plug and play, very easy to operate multi-media device for the reading disabled. This online (DAISY) player with audible prompts enables access to a wealth of information and entertainment. It offers immediate reading pleasure (talking books, magazines and newspapers) and a rich offering of information-on-demand. Choices are made by listening to the audible prompts and pressing OK to select.


What is new?

Its sleek new modern design and larger tactile buttons! Moreover, it is battery powered and finally truly portable.

Besides Wi-Fi, an internal USB port for 4G connection to Internet is now possible. Of course, there are more novelties, which we would love to show to you in person.


If we would say: it's a radio that also reads emails, we would not be joking!:-) Come to Sight City and see for yourself!


What is the same?

Owners of Webbox2 need not fear. The content offered on both versions, for the time being is identical and fully compatible.

Expert Meeting: Monitoring for Disability-Inclusive Development


The Expert Meeting in Geneva (May 10-11, 2017) on Monitoring and Evaluation for Disability-Inclusive Development is intended to take stock of progress in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This meeting will also contribute to the preparations of the 2018 United Nations (UN) flagship report on disability and development (A/RES/69/142).


Experts, researchers and practitioners from the United Nations system, academic institutions, Member States, non-governmental organizations, particularly disabled persons’ organizations will attend. More information is available on the UN website.

11th European e-Accessibility Forum: e-Accessible Culture


The 11th European e-Accessibility Forum will explore the role digital technologies play in ensuring an inclusive cultural landscape. How can digital access empower people with disabilities and enable them to become full participants in cultural life?


The Forum will be focused on the following themes:

  • Cultural institutions using technology to improve access to their collections, information, and activities
  • Technology facilitating creative expression for people with disabilities
  • Educators, arts' organizations, public service providers, and developers working together to build accessible solutions
  • Progress through public and private initiatives


Jesper Klein, Chief Innovation Officer, Swedish Agency for Accessible Media / Chairman of the Board, DAISY Consortium will present Producing and distributing accessible e-books: The Swedish model.


Since the early 2000s, Jesper has been committed to the long-term vision of making reading accessible to people with disabilities. Jesper was head of Research and Development at the Swedish Agency for Accessible Media (MTM) and led Sweden’s efforts to digitize books and newspapers, resulting, among other things, in the launch of the Legimus online library for people with disabilities in Sweden in 2013. To date, Legimus has loaned over a million books and counts 75 thousand active users per year.


Register to attend the 11th eAccessibility Forum on June 19th, 2017 in Paris.

Better Together: Improving access for people with low vision


Today, the technological challenges faced by people with low vision are considerable. But fortunately, so are the opportunities that are available for accessible information. And the great news is that there are lots of exciting developments just around the corner that enhance the world for people with low vision. And what will the world look like in 2025? One thing is sure: lots of things will have changed! The question is, what and how? These themes will be explored at the Better Together Conference in June.

Meet the speakers:

  • Humanoid robot Pepper
  • Hector Minto, Sr. Technology Evangelist for Accessibility at Microsoft
  • Kiran Kaja, Technical Program Manager at Google
  • George Kerscher, DAISY Consortium
  • Martijn Aslander, stand-up philosopher
  • Steve Watson, Elsevier

and many more...

Learn about:

  • Accessible content
  • Accessible images
  • Exciting technologies
  • Sharing information

Meet the best experts at network tables:

  • Exclusive insights
  • Future technology and beyond

Be there (The Hague, Netherlands) on June 28th, 2017. Register today.

W3C Publishing Business Group Launched in London


The kickoff meeting of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Publishing Business Group was held in London on March 13th. This group is the place where former International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) members – now TPI (Transitional Publishing Industry) members and other interested W3C members will meet and lead the evolution of the EPUB standard. The technical level work will be organized by the W3C Publishing Working Group.


The meeting was hosted by HarperCollins and led by the new co-chairs of the Publishing Business Group, Rick Johnson (VitalSource, USA) Cristina Mussinelli (AIE, LIA, Italy) and Paul Belfanti (Ascend Learning, USA).


One of the main topics discussed during the meeting was the setup of the Publishing Working Group. More information is provided on the European Digital Reading Lab website.

Learning Ally National Achievement Awards


Each year, Learning Ally offers two endowed scholarship awards for outstanding students with print and learning disabilities. The recipients of these awards are role models and inspiration to students throughout the country. Applications are now being accepted.


Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Award is for Learning Ally members who are completing undergraduate or graduate degrees and are blind or visually impaired. More information is available on the Learning Ally website.


Marion Huber Learning Through Listening (LTL) Award is an award for high school seniors with learning disabilities.


The top three winners from each program receive a $6,000 scholarship award and participate at a national celebration. Additional information is provided on the Learning Ally website. Applications must be submitted online no later than May 31, 2017. For more information please contact

eBooks and EPUB Accessibility: Seminar in Baltimore


Speakers at this seminar include, but are not limited to:

  • Dr. George Kerscher, President of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), Chief Innovations Officer of the DAISY Consortium
  • Bill Kasdorf, Vice President & Principal Consultant, Content & Media Solutions at Apex CoVantage
  • Rick Johnson, Vice President of Product Strategy at VitalSource Techologies and board member of the IMS Global Learning Consortium
  • Sue-Ann Ma, Product Manager of Benetech Labs
  • Jonathan Thurston, Head of Accessibility Product Management at Pearson
  • Ronald Dutton, E-Text Production Manager at AMAC

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Ushering in the born accessible era
  • Center for Accessible Materials Innovation (CAMI) research overview and EPUB production
  • A tool for creating accessible EPUB
  • Digital Image and Graphic Resources for Accessible Materials (DIAGRAM) on accessible graphics and image description
  • The importance of choosing your platform and distribution channel – reading system evaluation
  • Accessibility certification


To ensure you do not miss this unique opportunity to interact with the leading experts in the field, register now!

Registration is $100 (regular registration), and $25 (student registration with valid student ID).

For further information please visit the NFB EPUB event page, or contact Ryan Pugh at rpugh(at)

M-Enabling Summit 2017: Early Registration Now Open


Join us for the 6th annual M-Enabling Summit June 13-14, 2017 in Washington, DC.

The M-Enabling Summit Conference & Showcase is dedicated to promoting accessible and assistive technologies for senior citizens and users of all abilities. It's an annual meeting place for all who create and contribute accessible ICT products, services, and consumer technologies.


With its theme of “Making Connected Things and Services Accessible for All”, the 2017 M-Enabling Summit will provide a platform for empowering technologies and focus on next-generation innovations and breakthroughs for users of all abilities.


Bringing together professionals, corporations, service organizations, the M-Enabling Summit is an all-inclusive conference and showcase featuring innovative technology, mobile applications, connected devices, and services for more than one billion users worldwide.


The 6th edition of the M-Enabling Summit Global Conference and Showcase will be held on June 13-14, 2017 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, in Washington, D.C, with the IAAP, The International Association of Accessibility Professionals Pre-Conference Briefing Session on June 12, 2017. Register online today.

DAISY Consortium provided CSUN programs in DAISY, HTML & EPUB


The 32nd Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, also known as the CSUN Conference, was held at the San Diego Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel February 27th - March 4th, 2017.


Each part of the CSUN program was available for download on the DAISY Consortium website as a navigable DAISY 2.02 publication in addition to the HTML and EPUB files.


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