Inclusive Publishing Conference

The Inclusive Publishing Conference is a one-day online event focused on digital publication accessibility.

The goal of this conference is to advance the discussion around accessible digital content and publications for people with print disabilities and, more specifically, the changes and advancements that will improve the culture of accessibility in the education field. 

Working Together for an Accessible Future in Digital Content  

Dates and Location 

Thursday, October 1, 2020 
12:00 noon to 6:40 p.m. ET
Online

Who Should Attend

This event is designed for educators, students, publishers, and all those interested in what goes into creating accessible digital content. 

Agenda

Thursday, October 1, 2020 – Educational Track

  • 12:00–12:15 PM, Welcome and Opening Remarks
    • Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind
  • 12:20–1:35 PM, Accessible-by-Design Ebooks and Audio Books Best Practices for Inclusive Publishing
    • Leah Brochu, National Network, Equitable Library Service
    • Daniella Levy-Pinto, National Network, Equitable Library Service    
  • 1:40–2:55 PM, Large Scale OER Adoption and Accessibility: Lessons Learned from a Public-Private Partnership 
    • Michael Daly, Director of Operations, SUNY OER Services
    • Anika Ledlow, Assistant Course Product Manager, Lumen Learning
  • 3:00–4:00 PM, Keynote Presentation: Publisher’s Panel Discussion
    • Laura Ciporen, Senior Digital Product Developer (Accessibility/Inclusive Design), McGraw-Hill
    • Rachel Comerford, Senior Director, Content Standards and Accessibility at Macmillan Learning
    • Ben Schroeter, Product Manager, Accessibility at Pearson
    • Tzviya Siegman, Information Standards Principal, Wiley
  • 4:05–5:20 PM, Word to EPUB 101
    • George Kerscher, Chief Innovations Officer, DAISY Consortium 
    • Richard Orme, Chief Executive, DAISY Consortium
  • 5:25-6:40 PM, Issues Facing Blind Students in Higher Education Today
    • George Kerscher, Chief Innovations Officer, DAISY Consortium 
    • Richard Orme, Chief Executive, DAISY Consortium

Thursday, October 1, 2020 – Technological Track

  • 12:00-12:15 PM, Welcome and Opening Remarks
    • Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind
  • 12:20-1:35 PM, EPUB 101
    • George Kerscher, Chief Innovations Officer, DAISY Consortium 
    • Richard Orme, Chief Executive, DAISY Consortium
  • 1:40-2:55 PM, Best Practices for Ensuring Accessible Content in Your University Course 
    • Rick Johnson, Co-Founder and Vice President, Product Strategy and Accessibility, VitalSource Technologies 
    • Michael Johnson, Director of Content Partnerships, Benetech
  • 3:00-4:00 PM, Keynote Presentation: Publisher’s Panel Discussion
    • Laura Ciporen, Senior Digital Product Developer (Accessibility/Inclusive Design), McGraw-Hill
    • Rachel Comerford, Senior Director, Content Standards and Accessibility, Macmillan Learning
    • Ben Schroeter, Product Manager, Accessibility at Pearson
    • Tzviya Siegman, Information Standards Principal, Wiley
  • 4:05-5:20 PM, Converting Inaccessible STEM Content to Accessible Web Content 
    • Volker Sorge, Professor in Document Analysis and Accessibility at the School of Computer Science, the University of Birmingham, UK 
  • 5:25-6:40 PM, Understanding ARIA and ARIA Authoring Practices Guide
    • Jon Gunderson, Coordinator of Accessibility IT Group, the University of Illinois 

Speaker bios.

Registration

To register, please complete the Inclusive Publishing Conference registration form.

More Information  

Conference Chair
Lisa Nicks  
Manager, Accessibility 
Higher Education at McGraw-Hill Education 
lisa.nicks@mheducation.com 
563-599-0450 

Conference Coordinator 
Kennedy Zimnik 
Access Technology Specialist 
National Federation of the Blind 
kzimnik@nfb.org 
410-659-9314, extension 2235 

The Inclusive Publishing Conference is supported by the State of Maryland through the Nonvisual Accessibility Initiative (NVAI) grant administered by the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD), to support the NFB Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access (CENA) in Education, Public Information, and Commerce.