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Unprecedented Access:
Improving the User Experience for People with Print Disabilities

December 8, 2010
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

About the Webinar

Digital texts are often not fully accessible to people with any of a range of print disabilities. As e-books become more mainstream, in part because of the improvements in digital reader technology, this information needs to be equally available to the print-disabled. Librarians who provide either full-text or abstracting and indexing systems to their communities of scholars, students, and the general public must ensure that these complex and rapidly-evolving resources are equitably accessible to everyone they serve. Publishers need to either provide this accessibility with their content or enable the libraries and end users to create this accessibility. This webinar will cover the current state of print accessibility standards, how standards are adopted and translated into action, and how publishers are responding to increasing customer demand for accessible information products.


Welcome & Introduction
Todd Carpenter, Managing Director, NISO

The State of Information Resource Accessibility Standards: DAISY and WCAG
George Kerscher, Secretary General, DAISY Consortium
Learn about two of the major standards for making information resources accessible: the NISO/DAISY Digital Talking Book (DTB) standard (ANSI/NISO Z39.86) known as DAISY 3 and the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. The DTB standard is currently undergoing revision and expansion to two parts; Part A will address authoring and interchange and Part B will focus on distribution.

Collaboration with Publishers: The Institutional Response to Accessibility
Jon R. Gunderson, Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology Accessibility, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Institutions need to collaborate and partner with publishers of externally-acquired information to ensure it is accessible to the print-disabled in their community. The Illinois Center for Information Technology and Web Accessibility (iCITA) has successfully worked with publishers such as Ebsco and Elsevier to improve the accessibility of their content that the university has licensed for their students and faculty.

Opportunities and Challenges in Serving Customers with Print Disabilities: The Publisher's Response to Accessibility
Alicia Wise, Director of Universal Access, Elsevier
Publishers around the world are waking up to the opportunities, and challenges, of better serving their customers who are blind, dyslexic, or who have other viewing- or reading-related disabilities. Find out what initiatives are underway and the steps to take to begin ensuring that more of your publications are accessible.


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Registration closes on December 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm Eastern.

Registration Costs

  • NISO Member
    • $89.00 (US and Canada)
    • $104.00 (International)
  • NASIG Member
    • $89.00
  • Non-Member
    • $109.00 (US and Canada)
    • $134.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $49.00

Additional Information

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  • Registration closes at 12:00 pm Eastern on December 8, 2010. Cancellations made by November 30th, 2010 will receive a refund, less a $20 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.
  • Registrants will receive detailed instructions about accessing the webinar via e-mail the Monday prior to the event. (Anyone registering between Monday and the close of registration will receive the message shortly after the registration is received, within normal business hours.) We ask that registrants please turn off any spam blockers or filters to ensure that the information is received. Registrants unable to access e-mail during that time (out of office, etc.) should contact the NISO office to designate an alternate contact. Any registrant who has not received login instructions by 10:00 am Eastern on December 8th should contact the NISO office at nisohq@niso.org or call 301-654-2512.
  • Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes access to the online recorded archive of the webinar. If you are registering someone else from your organization, either use that person's e-mail address when registering or contact the NISO office to provide alternate contact information.
  • Webinar presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to the site following the live webinar.
  • Registrants will receive access information to the archived webinar following the event. An e-mail message containing archive access instructions will be sent within 48 hours of the event.