Calendar: Past Events

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2017-02-14 - New York City, US

IDPF members have voted to move forward with a plan to combine interests with the W3C. This program will bring together publishers, distributors, retailers and service providers to examine the role organizations like the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) may play when the eBook standard is managed through the W3C. The event will be from 8:30 am to 11:00 am EST. More information is available on the BISG website.

2017-02-12 - Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

The objective of this event is to bring together relevant stakeholders from the Egyptian Library and Visually Impaired communities as well as appropriate Government, Parliamentary and Legislative Leaders to identify Egyptian solutions to the Accessible Book Famine. More information is provided on the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) website.

2017-01-18 to 2017-01-21 - Orlando, Florida

Most extensive assistive technology conference: ATIA 2017 showcases international excellence in the field. Come to expand your knowledge or professional development through expert educational sessions, discover the latest in products and systems, broaden your contacts in the community, and share your own expertise. More information is provided on the ATIA 2017 website.

2017-01-18 - New York City, US

More information is available on the IDPF website.

2017-01-17 to 2017-01-19 - New York City, USA

More information can be found on the Digital Book World conference website.

2016-12-02 - Online

This is a "live conference", webinar style sessions will also be recorded for playback. The purpose of the conference is to increase understanding about dyslexia, educate and engage teachers and parents, and advocate for children with learning disabilities. More information can be found on the Learning Ally website.

2016-12-01 - Stockholm, Sweden

The Swedish DAISY Consortium are hosting their annual conference. Theme: "The best thing that happened to me": Accessible media in practice. This one-day event will focus on how the users consume accessible media. More information is provided on the conference website.

2016-11-18 - Tokyo, Japan

Detailed information can be found on the ATDO website.

2016-11-17 - Tokyo, Japan

More information is provided on the ATDO website.

2016-11-14 to 2016-11-18 - Westminster, Colorado, US

Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference. More information is provided on the Accessing Higher Ground conference website.

2016-10-24 to 2016-10-26 - Reno, Nevada, USA

The ASSETS conference explores the design, evaluation, and use of computing and information technologies to benefit people with disabilities and older adults. ASSETS is the premier forum for presenting innovative research on mainstream and specialized assistive technologies, accessible computing, and assistive applications of computer, network, and information technologies. This includes the use of technology by and in support of:

  • Individuals with hearing, sight and other sensory impairments
  • Individuals with motor impairments
  • Individuals with memory, learning and cognitive impairments
  • Individuals with multiple impairments
  • Older adults with diverse capabilities
  • Professionals who work with these populations

More information is available on the conference website.

2016-10-24 to 2016-10-25 - Vilnius, Lithuania

The goal of the "Libraries for an Inclusive Society" conference is to encourage a dialogue to realize the full potential of people with disabilities by developing inclusive library services. Public, academic and special librarians, policy-makers, researchers and professionals at institutions serving people with disabilities are invited to attend. The keynote speaker is Victoria Owen, Chief Librarian at the University of Toronto Scarborough.


The conference languages are Lithuanian and English. Visit the conference website to learn more.

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.