European Inclusive Publishing Forum
The European Inclusive Publishing Forum is a collaboration network to support the implementation of the European Accessibility Act as it relates to digital publications, maximizing this opportunity for inclusive publishing for the benefit of people with print disabilities.
The Forum will facilitate:
- sharing expertise and information
- promoting relevant exemplars, activities, resources, and events
- reduce duplication of effort for best value
- better consistency for the benefit of producers and end readers
- identification of gaps to be filled to enable the European publishing industry and meet the needs of consumers with print disabilities
- inform technical working and standards groups to better meet the needs of the European context
- developing recommendations relating to inclusive publishing in Europe
Anyone who can contribute to the goal of inclusive publishing in Europe can participate in the Forum. Collaboration is especially welcome from the following:
- organisations of and for blind, partially sighted, and otherwise print disabled people
- libraries and reading services serving persons with print disabilities
- persons with disabilities, accessibility experts
- authors, publishers, and other rights holders and their associations
- companies providing services to the publishing value chain
- digital library and ebook retail platforms
- developers of reading apps and assistive technologies
Participation in the Forum is free (no cost) and open. Many participants will be from the 27 countries of the European Union. Joining is not limited to these, the European Accessibility Act is important for stakeholders in many countries.
Welcome! Please complete the joining form to be added to the mailing list. This is where we will share information, ask questions, and announce activities. Open forum meetings will be announced on the list.
The next open forum meeting is via Zoom on 8 November at 1600 Central European Time. The agenda and link are circulated on the email list. You are very welcome to propose items for constructive discussion and information sharing.
In November 2020, the board of the DAISY Consortium commissioned a project to establish a European collaboration network “to share expertise and information, reduce duplication, and identify a path forward to achieve Inclusive Publishing maximizing the opportunity of the European Accessibility Act”. The project is commissioned by and will report to the DAISY board. The DAISY Consortium is providing financial resources to support the project in 2022. The European Inclusive Publishing Forum is one of the activities of this project. The meetings and activities of the Forum will be open and transparent.
Helping us to guide our project activities is our steering group: Thomas Kahlisch, dzb, Germany (Chair); Carmen Bayarri Torrecillas, ONCE, Spain; Cristina Mussinelli, Fondazione LIA, Italy; Fernando Pinto da Silva, Aveugles de France, France; Gautier Chomel, Éditadapt, France; Inga Davidonienė, LAB, Lithuania; Kristin Nord, MTM, Sweden; Maarten Verboom, Dedicon, Netherlands; Michael Johnson, Benetech, USA; Ylänne Kirsi, CELIA, Finland.