Accessible Publishing Newsletter - January 2013
Accessible Publishing Newsletter: published by the AccessText Network
January 2013
The Accessible Publishing Newsletter's focus is on accessibility-related issues of interest to academic publishers. Please send your questions, comments, and suggestions to

Resource Roundup

Accessibility is a diverse issue with many facets. It can be difficult to get a handle on what is happening in the field. One approach is to scan the various accessibility-related discussion lists and forums. Given some time and multiple perspectives, certain trends and patterns emerge. Here are some resources we have found useful in this regard:

Disabled Student Services in Higher Education - DSSHE

"The purpose of the list is to facilitate the sharing of information among providers of services for students with disabilities in higher education." The searchable archives go back to 1993 and are a valuable source of historical information.

The DAISY Consortium

"We strive to make e-books accessible for everyone by contributing to the development of open accessible standards (DAISY, EPUB 3) and supporting the inclusive publishing ecosystem around the world."

This site hosts a wide variety of mailing lists, including discussion lists for Bookshare, braille-related issues, blindness, deafness, and other topics. Try searching for any accessibility topic and you are likely to find a related list.

The National Federation of the Blind - NFB

"The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is two-fold—to help blind persons achieve self-confidence and self-respect and to act as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind." The NFB hosts many interesting lists, covering math, law, digital talking books, health, faith, cooking, and student-related issues.

The International Digital Publishing Forum - IDPF

'The global trade and standards association for electronic publishing."

EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group

"The IT Accessibility Constituent Group will help the EDUCAUSE community to assess the scope of issues of IT accessibility, identify resources and initiatives, develop best practices on policy and assistive program and service development, and in general focus on how to approach campus-wide universal access to information available via technology by engaging in dialogue across boundaries within and beyond the campus environment."

Short Takes

The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) conference takes place in Orlando, Florida starting January 29th. This is a great opportunity to learn about accessibility issues in K-12, higher-ed, and the workplace, while networking with vendors, teachers, and other service providers.

This year's Tools of Change conference includes a session entitled End To End Accessibility: A Journey Through The Supply Chain in which a panel will,  "discuss the challenges faced by people and organizations at each part of the supply chain, highlighting with practical examples ways accessibility can and should be embedded."

The next ATN Advisory Call is February 6th at 3pm eastern time. Please contact if you would like to participate.


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The AccessText Network (ATN) was started in 2009 by the Association of American Publishers to help students with print-related disabilities by making it easier for US colleges and universities to request electronic files and permissions from publishers.

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