Calendar: Past Events

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2017-04-05 to 2017-04-07 - Stockholm, Sweden

Tactile Reading conference will bring together people working with children and youth with visual impairments and blindness, from all over the world. More information is provided on the Tactile Reading conference website.

2017-03-23 - Baltimore, USA

Register on the NFB website.

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Location: 200 E. Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore

Registration will close Friday, March 17 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The full agenda is listed below:


Plenary sessions:

  • 8:00 a.m.: Welcome. Mark Riccobono, President, National Federation of the Blind (virtual), Anil Lewis, Executive Director of the Jernigan Institute, National Federation of the Blind
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m.: Ushering in the Born Accessible Era. George Kerscher (International Digital Publishing Forum, DAISY Consortium)
  • 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Break
  • 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Accessibility. It’s Never Been Easier to Achieve and Never More Important. Bill Kasdorf (Apex CoVantage)
  • 11:00 a.m.-noon: Toward a Born Accessible World. Brad Turner (Benetech)
  • Noon-1:30 p.m.: Lunch

Creation track

  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.: End to End Accessibility: From Creation to the User, and in Between. An Update on What Is Possible. Rick Johnson (VitalSource)
  • 2:30-2:45 p.m.: Break
  • 2:45-3:45 p.m.: Content Beyond Text: Making Images Accessible. Sue Ann Ma (Benetech)
  • 3:45-4:00 p.m.: Break
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m.: EPUB Conversion for Higher Ed. Students: Tips, Challenges, and What Works. Lora-Beth Allan (AMAC Accessibility Solutions & Research Center)

Management track

  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.: The Path to EPUB: AAP's Role in Publisher Policy and Practice. Allan Adler (Association of American Publishers)
  • 2:30-2:45 p.m.: Break
  • 2:45-3:45 p.m.: Choosing a Reading System: Your Silent Partner in Accessibility. Amy Mason (National Federation of the Blind)
  • 3:45-4:00 p.m.: Break
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m.: Challenges 2.0. Jonathan Thurston (Pearson Higher Education)

To ensure you do not miss this unique opportunity to interface with many of the leading experts in the field, register now! Registration is $100 (regular registration), and $25 (student registration with valid student ID).

2017-03-14 to 2017-03-16 - London, UK

Making Books Accessible: Collaboration Between the Publishing Industry and the Accessibility Community - this event will be held on March 16th at 10 am. Chaired by Mark Bide. Speakers: Emma House, Richard Orme, Bill McCoy.


Organized by the Publishers Association's Accessibility Action Group. Supported by the Publishers Licensing Society. More information is available on the London Book Fair website.

2017-03-09 to 2017-03-10 - Brussels, Belgium

The main objective of this event is to "touch" what the EPUB digital publication format can bring to the professionals and to the readers of the 21st century in terms of flexibility, interoperability, and accessibility. With the EPUB Summit, EDRLab aims to strengthen a true spirit of cooperation between professionals and push to the massive adoption of the EPUB 3 format by the European publishing industry.


Accessibility Roundtable will take place on March 9th.



  • Avneesh Singh, DAISY
  • Luc Audrain, Hachette Livre
  • Laurette Uzan, Association Valentin Haüy

Moderated by Fernando Pinto Da Silva, EDRLab.

Register and buy your ticket today.

2017-03-02 - Global
2017-02-14 - New York City, US

IDPF members have voted to move forward with a plan to combine interests with the W3C. This program will bring together publishers, distributors, retailers and service providers to examine the role organizations like the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) may play when the eBook standard is managed through the W3C. The event will be from 8:30 am to 11:00 am EST. More information is available on the BISG website.

2017-02-12 - Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

The objective of this event is to bring together relevant stakeholders from the Egyptian Library and Visually Impaired communities as well as appropriate Government, Parliamentary and Legislative Leaders to identify Egyptian solutions to the Accessible Book Famine. More information is provided on the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) website.

2017-01-18 to 2017-01-21 - Orlando, Florida

Most extensive assistive technology conference: ATIA 2017 showcases international excellence in the field. Come to expand your knowledge or professional development through expert educational sessions, discover the latest in products and systems, broaden your contacts in the community, and share your own expertise. More information is provided on the ATIA 2017 website.

2017-01-18 - New York City, US

More information is available on the IDPF website.

2017-01-17 to 2017-01-19 - New York City, USA

More information can be found on the Digital Book World conference website.

2016-12-02 - Online

This is a "live conference", webinar style sessions will also be recorded for playback. The purpose of the conference is to increase understanding about dyslexia, educate and engage teachers and parents, and advocate for children with learning disabilities. More information can be found on the Learning Ally website.

2016-12-01 - Stockholm, Sweden

The Swedish DAISY Consortium are hosting their annual conference. Theme: "The best thing that happened to me": Accessible media in practice. This one-day event will focus on how the users consume accessible media. More information is provided on the conference website.

2016-11-18 - Tokyo, Japan

Detailed information can be found on the ATDO website.

2016-11-17 - Tokyo, Japan

More information is provided on the ATDO website.

2016-11-14 to 2016-11-18 - Westminster, Colorado, US

Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference. More information is provided on the Accessing Higher Ground conference website.

2016-10-24 to 2016-10-26 - Reno, Nevada, USA

The ASSETS conference explores the design, evaluation, and use of computing and information technologies to benefit people with disabilities and older adults. ASSETS is the premier forum for presenting innovative research on mainstream and specialized assistive technologies, accessible computing, and assistive applications of computer, network, and information technologies. This includes the use of technology by and in support of:

  • Individuals with hearing, sight and other sensory impairments
  • Individuals with motor impairments
  • Individuals with memory, learning and cognitive impairments
  • Individuals with multiple impairments
  • Older adults with diverse capabilities
  • Professionals who work with these populations

More information is available on the conference website.

2016-10-24 to 2016-10-25 - Vilnius, Lithuania

The goal of the "Libraries for an Inclusive Society" conference is to encourage a dialogue to realize the full potential of people with disabilities by developing inclusive library services. Public, academic and special librarians, policy-makers, researchers and professionals at institutions serving people with disabilities are invited to attend. The keynote speaker is Victoria Owen, Chief Librarian at the University of Toronto Scarborough.


The conference languages are Lithuanian and English. Visit the conference website to learn more.

2016-10-19 to 2016-10-23 - Frankfurt, Germany

More information can be found on the Frankfurt Book Fair website.


The one-hour event "What Does the Marrakesh Treaty Mean for Publishers?" at Frankfurt Book Fair on October 21st at 3 pm will explain the Treaty and what this means for the publishing community. Attendees will hear from experts about the Treaty and from the Accessible Books Consortium about the TIGAR service which was established for publishers and authorized entities to facilitate the cross-border exchange of accessible files.


Speakers include:

  • Carlo Scollo Lavizzari, International Publishers Association
  • Richard Orme, DAISY Consortium
  • Jim Russell, Accessible Books Consortium

Entry is free, but registration is essential.