About the 2020 Accessible Publishing Summit

The Second Accessible Publishing Summit is a two-day summit which will be held in Toronto on January 26th and 27th, 2020. The Summit will bring together stakeholders in the ebook production and distribution chain (authors, editors, designers, publishers, distributors, librarians, alternate-format producers, audiobook producers, reading systems vendors, and government funders) so we can share and learn about the diverse range of perspectives, challenges, and opportunities from all of these groups. Additionally, it will be a time to get up to speed on what different groups are doing in order to work toward accessibility in publishing, as there is indeed a lot going on, both in Canada, and around the world. We also want to take stock of what we achieved last year, build on what we have accomplished, and create concrete documentation on accessibility in publishing, reading, and distribution that can quickly be put into practice across the industry. All documentation created will be made publicly available on this website.

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This event is being organized by NNELS, the National Network for Equitable Library Service, a digital public library of books for Canadians with print disabilities, and an advocate for an accessible and equitable reading ecosystem for Canadians with print disabilities. NNELS is funded by eight provinces and territories and housed at the BC Libraries Cooperative. For more information, please visit the NNELS website.

The Accessible Publishing Summit is being held with support from the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability Component.