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Accessibility and inclusion: changes in publishing


Accessibility and inclusion: what authors and editors need to know about changes in the publishing industry - webinar

Presented by Julie Ganner AE

This webinar will be presented live.

Date: 5 December 2019
Cost: IPEd members, ASA members & Affiliates $35; IPEd Student members $20; Non-members $52
Time: 7:30-8:30 pm NZ
5:30-6:30 pm NSW/VIC/TAS/ACT
5:00-6:00 pm SA/NT
4:30-5:30 pm QLD
2:30-3:30 pm WA

Zoom webinar details will be sent in your confirmation email after registration.

NOTE: If you do not intend to view the webinar live, please do NOT book this event. A recording will be made available for purchase after the live webinar.

Editing for accessibility is no longer a specialist area of publishing. The publishing sector worldwide is on the brink of major change, as publishers – both commercial and government – begin to include the needs of readers with a print disability as a standard part of their publishing briefs and workflows.
Editors and authors need to prepare for these changes now, by considering how we must adapt our own work practices to meet the needs of all readers.

NOTE: This is a modified version of the presentation given to Editors NSW on 5 November 2019.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • what is meant by the terms 'print disability', 'accessibility' and 'inclusive design'

  • the alternative formats used by readers with a print disability to access content

  • the barriers such readers can experience if content is not prepared with their needs in mind

  • the challenges faced by disability support organisations when converting print materials into accessible formats

  • the work of the Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative (AIPI) to encourage and support the creation of content that is 'inclusive by design'

  • the role of editors and authors in this process, including checking that content is appropriate ('perceivable') and using elements such as cross-references, illustrative material and image descriptions in a way that is meaningful to all readers, irrespective of how they access the text.

Julie Ganner is an accredited editor with over 30 years' experience in the publishing industry. She is IPEd's representative to the Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative (AIPI), a cross-sector forum that aims to increase access to published material for people living with print disabilities. Julie is co-author of Inclusive publishing in Australia: an introductory guide, which is available for free download from the website.


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