The stork is circling; let’s help in the delivery

Born accessible publications from mainstream publishers need to be delivered to all distribution channels, but the publishing industry needs help from accessibility experts. Traditionally the DAISY Consortium community has been the source for expertise in making digital publications accessible.

This presentation will explore primary roles for the DAISY community to integrate with publishers to create born accessible publications. There is the goal to have all EPUB materials conform to the EPUB Accessibility specification. To support this, publishers need trusted experts to improve their production processes. On the marketing side, there are many opportunities for increasing market share for born accessible EPUB in our inclusive publishing society.

George Kerscher

George Kerscher began his IT innovations in 1987 and coined the term "print disabled." George is dedicated to developing technologies that make information not only accessible, but also fully functional in the hands of persons who are blind or who have a print disability. He believes properly designed digitally published materials and web pages can make information accessible to all people. George is an advocate for semantically rich content which can be used effectively by everybody.

As Chief Innovations Officer of the DAISY Consortium, Senior Advisor, Global Literacy to Benetech, and member of Publishing Groups in the W3C, Kerscher is a recognized international leader in document access. In addition, Kerscher chairs the DAISY/NISO Standards committee, Chairs the Steering Council of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI, and also serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).