[Nfbnet-members-list] NFB eBooks and EPUB Accessibility Seminar - Thursday, March 23, 2017

Van Gerven, Clara CVanGerven at nfb.org
Wed Feb 15 03:15:00 UTC 2017

Special Keynote Speaker Announcement

We are pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for the NFB 
eBooks and EPUB accessibility event will be 
Kerscher, Ph.D.

George Kerscher is President of the International Digital Publishing 
Forum (IDPF), Chief Innovations Officer for the DAISY Consortium, 
Senior Advisor, Global Literacy at Benetech and Chair of the Steering 
Council of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Dr. Kerscher's topic will be "Ushering in the born accessible era." 
This presentation will explain how the EPUB Accessibility 
Specification 1.0 will enable publishers to boast about the fine work 
they have done to make their publications born accessible to persons 
with disabilities.  It will go on to explain what it takes to  meet 
the minimum baseline for accessibility. Finally a vision of how the 
certification of born accessible publications can impact education in 
both K-12 and higher education will be imagined.

Event Details

In addition to the talk by Dr. Kerscher there will be sessions on a 
variety of topics including but not limited to:
    * Upcoming release of the 
accessibility conformance specification
    * Latest updates to EPUB to be released in 
    * Accessibility certification
    * The importance of choosing your platform and distribution channel
    * Accessible graphics and what is and is not possible in EPUB
    * What to look for when outsourcing production

Don't miss this opportunity to meet experts in the industry and 
ensure that your print-disabled users can join the rest of the world 
in enjoying the convenience and power of the EPUB revolution.

This event will be hosted under the auspices of the National 
Federation of the Blind (NFB) Center of Excellence in Nonvisual 
Access to Education, Public Information, and Commerce (CENA), with 
financial support through the Non-Visual Accessibility Initiative 
grant from the State of Maryland. The CENA serves to share the 
considerable knowledge that the NFB and its partners have of web 
accessibility and access technology in order to bring about greater 
accessibility in government, education, and business; to promote best 
practices nationally; and to build Maryland's status as leader in the field.


The registration fee is $100 (regular registration) and $25 (student 
registration with valid student ID)


This event will be held at the NFB Jernigan Institute at:

200 East Wells Street

Baltimore, MD 21230

Additional Information

For more information, please 
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
United States
(410) 659-9314 

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