Accessibility Is for Everyone: Implementing Accessibility Initiatives Across Your Organization

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Tuesday, June 13, 10:45 AM–12:00 PM
Chair: Jonathan McGlone, Front End Developer and UI Designer, Michigan Publishing
Panelists: Kristin Waites, Digital Products Assistant, MIT Press; Stephanie Rosen, Accessibility Specialist, University of Michigan Library

Many publishers are struggling to understand how best to support accessibility. With digital content and accessibility landscapes rapidly evolving, it becomes difficult to know how to start, where to start, and why to start making your digital content accessible. Rather than confine accessibility to technical efforts from production staff, this panel aims to jumpstart a publisher’s accessibility initiatives by looking at accessibility implemented across the publishing organization – from acquisitions to marketing and sales to production. Relying on the expertise of panelists who have been implementing accessibility initiatives at their organizations, the panel will introduce why accessibility is important along with basic concepts behind accessible publishing, discuss how to assess and integrate accessibility across an organization, discuss methods for working with authors to produce accessible content, and introduce how to make digital content accessible.

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