It is all about the student; selecting the right reading app for student success.

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 8:00am in Westminster IV on Wednesday, November 14.



  • Richard Orme, Mr, DAISY Consortium
  • Joseph Polizzotto, Alternate Media Supervisor,

Session Details

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


An app or browser extension is needed to read EPUB titles, but they vary a lot in their functionality. When it comes to learners with disabilities, which apps will enable them to excel at their studies? This session presents an initiative that aims to answer that question.


There are many ways to read an EPUB, so how do advise your learners? Extensive testing of Reading Apps and browser implementations have been conducted at by our volunteers team of more than 50 persons with disabilities using assistive technology. We will explain the rigorous methodology, the interactions with app developers, and the latest test results. This will lead to a discussion of how a DSO office can help a student with a disability pick the right app or device for them to effectively study, take notes, and enjoy reading.


  1. Apps offer different levels of accessibility provisions
  2. A test framework has been developed and has been extensively used by a large team of crowd source volunteers
  3. The results can help you and your learners choose, and the app developers are improving continuously

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Alternate Format, Assistive Technology, eBooks, EPUB Track, Including Accessibility in Curriculum, Information Resources, 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

Joseph is the alternate media supervisor at UC Berkeley. His areas of research include accessible reading systems, the automation of alternate media production, and the benefits of read-aloud books.