Obi: Creating Navigable Audio Books

If you are reading this blog, you probably already know what a DAISY digital talking book is – an accessible, feature-rich publication that allows the reader to experience digital content in much the same way that readers have been navigating text for centuries. DAISY books let readers skip pages, scan headings, speed up or slow down audio to accommodate personal needs, and search through the book for specific words or passages.

Reflections from Copenhagen: Copyright and Accessibility

Bill Rosenblatt, one of the speakers at the Future Publishing and Accessibility Conference in Copenhagen (June 13-14, 2013) has posted an interesting article to his Copyright and Technology blog. The above mentioned conference brought together speakers from the accessibility and mainstream publishing fields. Bill writes: "Last week I received an education in the world of publishing for print-disabled people, including the blind and dyslexic.

Digital Talking Books for the Blind or Print Impaired in India

Since 2007, BarrierBreak in India has been creating accessible materials for organizations worldwide. In 2012 alone they converted 1.5 million pages into accessible textbooks whether in digital talking book or accessible PDF format.

Here's what they shared on their blog recently:

LinkedIn Becoming More Accessible

On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, LinkedIn staff posted an article about the recent accessibility enhancements to this fast growing professional networking platform. These accessibility improvements allow professionals with all backgrounds and abilities to be more productive. Accessibility efforts started out as a few passion projects by members of LinkedIn’s web development team. As a result, Accessibility Web Developer Task Force, dedicated to making LinkedIn user experiences inclusive and accessible, was formed.

Webinar on April 25th: Best Practices for Integrating Accessible Images

Bryan Gould and Geoff Freed of the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) at WGBH presented “Best Practices for Integrating Accessible Images into Ebooks & DTBs” on Thursday April 25 at 9:30 a.m. Pacific time, 12:30 p.m. Eastern. In a special 90-minute presentation for content creators, Bryan and Geoff discussed best practices for authoring accessible images and integrating them into e-books and DTBs. Included in the seminar were brief demonstrations of the following authoring tools:

Find Your Strengths and Learning Allies

Learning disabilities are complex problems that require complex solutions. They affect the brain's ability to receive, process, or store information. People with learning disabilities struggle to acquire skills that impact their performance in school, at home, in the community and in the workplace.



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