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2016-10-19 to 2016-10-23 - Frankfurt, Germany

More information can be found on the Frankfurt Book Fair website.


The one-hour event "What Does the Marrakesh Treaty Mean for Publishers?" at Frankfurt Book Fair on October 21st at 3 pm will explain the Treaty and what this means for the publishing community. Attendees will hear from experts about the Treaty and from the Accessible Books Consortium about the TIGAR service which was established for publishers and authorized entities to facilitate the cross-border exchange of accessible files.


Speakers include:

  • Carlo Scollo Lavizzari, International Publishers Association
  • Richard Orme, DAISY Consortium
  • Jim Russell, Accessible Books Consortium

Entry is free, but registration is essential.

2016-10-17 to 2016-10-19 - London, UK

Go to OSCON to understand open source and harness its power to achieve your goals. More information is provided on the conference website.

2016-10-04 to 2016-10-06 - Baltimore, Maryland, US

The National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute and Google are co-hosting a three-day event for access technology trainers October 4-6 in Baltimore. Participants will learn more about all things Google. Android, Chrome OS, and Google Apps (including Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, etc.) will be the main topics of the training. If you are an access technology trainer and are interested in participating, apply.


Participation will be free for successful applicants. Space is limited, so be sure to submit your application early. The deadline is Friday, September 2. The event will be held at the NFB Jernigan Institute at 200 East Wells Street, at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, Maryland 21230.

For more information, please visit

2016-09-22 - Lisbon, Portugal

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) are organizing a one-day Publishing Community Meeting during W3C’s largest annual event, TPAC (Technical Plenary / Advisory Committee week).


The Publishing Community Meeting at W3C TPAC will take place Thursday September 22 from 08:30 until 15:00. The agenda will include discussions about publications on the Web, print on demand and other broader use cases for Open Web Platform technologies. Also included will be updates and future ideas for the evolution of EPUB 3 and related specifications such as the EPUB for Education profile. More information is provided on the IDPF website.

2016-09-06 to 2016-09-07 - Online

Environments for Humans brings together some of the Web's most notable experts for a two-day online conference. Register today.

2016-08-21 to 2016-08-24 - York, UK

The conference will address all aspects of universal design, design for all, and inclusive design, including universal design of the physical environment, of products and of the digital world. For more information, visit

2016-08-18 to 2016-08-25 - Orlando, FL, USA

The 2016 General Assembly will be held in cooperation with the ICEVI and hosted by the National Federation of the Blind (USA). More information is provided on the World Blind Union website.

2016-08-11 to 2016-08-12 - American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, KY

Main theme - Libraries Serving Persons with Print Disabilities:Tailoring the Reading Experience to Meet Individual Needs. More information about the conference is available on the Satellite conference website.

2016-07-11 to 2016-07-12 - Linz, Austria

The ICCHP 2016 will take place at the University of Linz.

The conference offers:

  • A unique platform for researchers,practitioners and experts.
  • Publication in SPRINGER Lecture Notes in Computer Science
  • Opportunity to organize, chair and publish your own Special Thematic Sessions.
  • Young Researchers Consortium, Workshops, Tutorials, Meetings.
  • Track on Universal Learning Design

More information is provided on the ICCHP Conference website.

2016-07-11 to 2016-07-16 - Indianapolis, Indiana

More information is provided on the AHEAD 2016 conference website.

2016-06-13 to 2016-06-14 - Washington, DC

Theme - Mobile Innovation: Smarter Living for All


The M-Enabling Summit is the only program exclusively dedicated to promoting mobile accessible and assistive applications and services for senior citizens and users of all abilities. It is an annual meeting place for all who create and contribute accessible ICT products, services and consumer technologies.


With its theme of “Smarter Living for All,” the 2016 M-Enabling Summit will provide a platform for empowering mobile technologies and focus on next-generation innovations and breakthroughs for users of all abilities. More information is provided on the M-Enabling Summit website.

2016-05-30 - Paris, France

2016 theme: eAccessibility in a Connected World, for more information please go to

2016-05-19 - Global

The target audience of GAAD is the design, development, usability, and related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use. More information can be found on the GAAD website.

2016-05-16 to 2016-05-18 - Stockholm, Sweden

Registration is now open. Discount for DAISY members. Early Bird prices until Feb. 29th, 2016. More information about the conference and speakers can be found on the Take Part 2016 website at


Follow @MTMedier on Twitter. Hashtag for the Take Part 2016 conference is #takepartSTHLM. Watch conference videos to find out who will take part.

2016-05-15 to 2016-05-16 - Stockholm, Sweden
2016-05-10 to 2016-05-11 - Chicago, US

At DigiCon 2016, George Kerscher will discuss the development of an international baseline consensus on what accessibility means and what publishers should be expected to provide. Robin Seaman will describe the tools and resources Benetech and the DIAGRAM Center provide to make it easy for publishers to add accessible features to their publications. More information is provided on the event website.

2016-05-03 to 2016-05-04 - Geneva, Switzerland
2016-04-25 to 2016-04-26

The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity is in its 32nd year, and it will be held on April 25-26, 2016.


The Call for Proposals opened on September 15, 2015. Be sure to submit your ideas early! For more information, please feel free to e-mail conference organizers at, or call at 1-808-956-7539.


For more information on the Pacific Rim international conference, please go to

2016-04-11 to 2016-04-17 - London, UK

The ABC collected nominations for the 2016 Accessible Books Consortium International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing. This award recognizes outstanding leadership and achievements in advancing the accessibility of commercial e-books or other digital publications for persons who have print disabilities.


Two awards will be presented, one to a publisher and one for an initiative. The two awardees will receive trophies at the annual awards ceremony held at The London Book Fair on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Accessibility Forum will take place on April 13th at 10:00 am.

2016-04-10 to 2016-04-12 - London, UK

Global publishing leaders will debate sector's future in London. Details are available on the IPA Congress website.