The Accessibility Journey: From Publisher to Student

Tuesday, May 18 | 4:30PM–4:50PM ET
Session Type: Industry and Campus Session
Delivery Format: Simulive Session

Institutions of higher education have a legal and moral obligation to support the information needs of those in their community—whether student or faculty—to provide access to content regardless of individual ability or need for accommodation. They are required to provide access to information resources that are as close as possible to those resources provided to individuals who do not experience those impairments. But what goes into making an ebook, a textbook, or other course materials fully accessible? The path from publisher to student includes an entire ecosystem of content creators, distributors, learning management systems, and university mediators. A considerable amount of coordination is required from multiple parties to ensure the smooth journey of accessible materials from creation to consumption, especially in higher education where the content can be more complex and is often delivered through an LMS. This presentation will bring together a major academic publisher, an accessibility organization, a leading etextbook seller, and a university that is already incorporating fully accessible content into its classroom and libraries to discuss successes and challenges in current efforts made to bring fully accessible content to higher education institutions.


  • Rachel Comerford

    Senior Director - Accessibility and Content Standards, Macmillan Learning
  • Michael Johnson

    Director Of Content Partnerships, Benetech
  • Rick Johnson

    VP of Product Strategy, VitalSource
  • Anaya Jones

    eLearning Librarian, Southern New Hampshire University