A special accessibility seminar for professionals will be held at the Guadalajara International Book Fair on Tuesday 29 November 2022, which will also include the announcement of the winners of the 2022 ABC International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing.

The award recognizes outstanding leadership and achievements in advancing the accessibility of digital publications for persons who are blind or otherwise print-disabled.

IPA Vice President Karine Pansa will speak at the event, titled ‘Accessible Publishing for People with Print Disabilities: A Latin American Perspective’ and moderated by former IPA president Hugo Setzer. The event will also include speakers from the Mexican Publishers Association (CANIEM), WIPO’s Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) and the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL).

There are over 253 million people around the world who are blind or have low vision and and it is estimated that only approximately 10% of the world’s books are accessible to such persons who are print-disabled.

An ‘accessible’ publication is one that can be read by all persons, regardless of their abilities. Adopting best practices for accessibility today can yield a host of benefits for publishers, such as improving their digital publications used by all customers, streamlining workflow processes, opening doors to new markets, strengthening their company reputation and ensuring compliance with accessibility requirements in European markets.

But what exactly is ‘born-accessible’ content? How can publishers adopt accessibility into their workflows — and why should they? These are some of the questions that will be discussed at the event.

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