From the professor’s word processor to the student’s smartphone- practical accessible EPUB using familiar tools

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 3:30pm in Westminster IV on Wednesday, November 14.



  • Richard Orme, Mr, DAISY Consortium
  • Joseph Polizzotto, Alternate Media Supervisor, UC Berkeley
  • Erin C. Kirchner-Lucas, RedShelf Digital Accessibility Director, RedShelf
  • George Kerscher, Chief Innovations Officer, DAISY Consortium
  • Amy Salmon, Senior Accessibility Consultant, TFA Consulting, Inc.

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


In addition to published books and journals, learners also need access to accessible documents produced by their own school and professors. This session will demonstrate practical workflows for creating accessible and flexible course materials.


EPUB has been extensively been adopted by large and small publishers as modern and accessible format. There are many way to read EPUBs on large and small screen devices, with eyes, ears and fingers- in other ways, to suit the circumstances and abilities of the individual learners. But how easy is it create an EPUB? This session will provide some often requested simple steps so that a busy professor or school admin can use familiar tools to quickly make great EPUBs that can be used by learners with and without disabilities.


  1. Making an EPUB isn't rocket science
  2. The tools to make an EPUB are familiar and simple to use
  3. There are options for various platforms and level of required sophistication

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Alternate Format, Assistive Technology, eBooks, EPUB Track, Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design, Including Accessibility in Curriculum, Information Resources, Information Technology, Other, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Richard Orme

Richard is Chief Executive of the DAISY Consortium, the global organization whose mission is to develop standards and solutions for accessible publishing and reading. He is Chair of the Right to Read Alliance in the UK, a founding member of the Publishers Association Accessibility Action Group, serves on the board of the Accessible Books Consortium (an initiative of the UN agency WIPO) and is a director of the regional blind association in the English county where he lives.

Richard first encountered accessible learning technologies as a college lecturer thirty years ago and has seen a lot of change since then, but is most excited by the progress in the last three.

Joseph Polizzotto

Erin C. Kirchner-Lucas

George Kerscher

“Access to information is a fundamental human right.” 2003 to the United Nations

George Kerscher began his IT innovations in 1987 and coined the term "print disabled." George is dedicated to developing technologies that make information not only accessible, but also fully functional in the hands of persons who are blind or who have a print disability. He believes properly designed digitally published materials and web pages can make information accessible to all people. George is an advocate for semantically rich content which can be used effectively by everybody. As Chief Innovations Officer of the DAISY Consortium, Senior Advisor, Global Literacy to Benetech, and member of Publishing Groups in the W3C, Kerscher is a recognized international leader in document access. In addition, Kerscher chairs the DAISY/NISO Standards committee, Chairs the Steering Council of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI, and also serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Amy Salmon