The items on this page represent a non-exhaustive selection of organizations, information, news, and events related to accessible publishing. It is updated regularly.


In February and March of 2019, Lisa Snider of Access Changes Everything traveled across Canada on behalf of NNELS, and led EPUB Accessibility Workshops. Lisa has now recorded three webinars which cover much of the same information that was provided in the workshops, in a concise format. These videos will be available for viewing until October 26, 2019.

Part 1 (64 minutes) provides an introduction to the topic of EPUBs and accessible publishing, covering the importance of accessibility, information on relevant legislation in Canada, who uses EPUBs, how people access EPUBs, the basics of EPUBs, differences between EPUB 2 and 3, and related standards and specifications.

Part 2 (58 minutes) and Part 3 (77 minutes) delve into the complexities of EPUBs and coding for accessibility. Part 2 discusses concepts and tips, gives coding examples, and offers an overview of best practices for both styling and structuring content. It also demonstrates screen-reader usage, and how to use the ACE Checker (an EPUB checker). Part 3 continues from Part 2, covering more concepts and tips. It includes a detailed discussion of image usage; information on Tables of Contents, Page Lists, Page Titles, Metadata (NB: At 54:40, Lisa states that additional accessibility metadata can be entered into the OPF file in the metadata area, “if you are using EPUB 3 and only if you’re using EPUB 3.” In fact, additional accessibility metadata can be added whether you are using EPUB 2 or EPUB 3. Please visit the metadata section of the IDPF’s EPUB Accessibility Techniques 1.0 document for examples), and Fixed Layout vs. Reflowable text; and an overview of some Accessibility Checkers.

We hope that you will find these Webinars useful and informative. They offer concrete, straightforward examples about incorporating accessibility into your workflow, in both big and small ways, so there is something for everyone!

After you finish watching the webinars, we encourage you to fill out this brief three-minute survey:

Organizations and Groups

Accessible Books Consortium (ABC)

Accessibility Action Group (AAG)

Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative (AIPI)


DAISY Consortium

EPUB 3 Community Group – W3C

Inclusive Publishing (Check out their Newsletter!)

W3C – Publishing Working Group

Information and Resources

AccessText EPUB Webinar Series (2019) 

Book Industry Study Group: The BISG Quick Start Guide to Accessible Publishing

BookNet Canada: What it Means to be Accessible

BookNet Canada: Producing “born accessible” books

CELA: Making Reading Accessible

DAISY: Accessible Publishing Knowledge Base

DIAGRAM Top Tips for Creating Accessible EPUB 3 Files

EPUB Accessibility Using InDesign (Laura Brady)

EPUB 3.2 Community Group – Draft Report (15 November 2018)

EPUB Secrets: Accessibility in Ebooks – Some Resources

Fondazione LIA: E-Books for all: towards an accessible publishing ecosystem (September, 2019)

Inclusive Publishing: Resources for Publishers – Improving the Accessibility of your Mainstream Digital Content

NNELS: Information for Publishers and Authors

W3C: The Business Case for Digital Accessibility

Studies and Projects

Accessibility statements promoting improved reading experience (ASPIRE) (Jisc)

Ace by DAISY – Accessibility Checker


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In the News

Canada’s first federal accessibility legislation comes into force (July, 2019)

EU passes European Accessibility Act (June, 2019)See the European Disability Forum’s Analysis of the Act Here

Carla Qualtrough announces that the Accessible Canada Act (Bill C-81) has passed (just awaiting royal assent!) (May, 2019)

Benetech Names Macmillan Learning Industry’s First Global Certified Accessible Publisher (April, 2019)

Australia: World-leading Book Accessibility Initiative Creating the Dignity to Read (7 November 2018)

Europe: European Accessibility Act will Increase Access to e-books (November 2018)

Conference Presentations

Accessible Ebook Publishing in Canada: The Business Case – Laura Brady and Daniella Levy-Pinto at BookSummit (June, 2019)

The User’s Perspective: Accessibility Features in Action – Ka Li at ebookcraft (March, 2019)

The Accessibility Supply Chain: Reporting from the Front Lines of Inclusive Ebook Production – Sabina Iseli-Otto and Shannon Culver at ebookcraft (March, 2019)

Rise of Inclusive Publishing – Greg Alchin (November 2018)

Creating Accessible Content Elements in the Publishing Workflow – Inge de Monnink (May 2016)E-Books for all: towards an accessible publishing ecosystem