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The issues of Diverse Perspectives and Visions for the Future will be explored throughout the week with the myriad of conference events and activities. As college campuses become more diverse and planning for the future becomes more prevalent each year, this conference will help participants prepare for the years to come. More information is provided on the AHEAD 2015 website.
Each year the National Federation of the Blind holds its national convention. More than 3,000 delegates participate from across the United States as well as many foreign countries. Agenda is now available on the NFB website.
Conference attendees will learn about a variety of important standards and technologies, including EPUB 3, and hear how institutions are employing them to modernize their publication processes and better support accessibility and mobile devices. More information is provided on the IDPF website. Follow this link to request an invite today.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.afri-can.org.
The IDPF Digital Book Conference returns to BookExpo America with the theme Putting Readers First: Connecting with Consumers in the Digital Age. Program is provided on the IDPF website.
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: www.pacrim.hawaii.edu. Organizers welcome your ideas, suggestions and enthusiasm. You are welcome to Waikiki, Hawaii, May 18 & 19, 2015.
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.
The Annual Accessibility Seminar on April 15th, organized by the PA Accessibility Action Group at The London Book Fair will focus 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 and in the March 2015 issue of the DAISY Planet newsletter.
The International Publishers Congress helps publishers build profitable businesses, connecting them with industry leaders and providing market insight and strategic direction. More information can be found on the IPA Congress website.
Learn about cutting-edge research that can lead to more informed educational decisions and practices. Online symposium presented by Learning Ally. Register now.