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09.21.2021 | SSP News & Releases

Webinar Preview | Accessibility in Publishing

Our 2021 webinar series continues with “Accessibility in Publishing,” happening Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 11am ET. Registration for the event remains open with a discount available for SSP members.

This webinar will take a practical approach to making scholarly content accessible. It will explore VPATs, WCAG, and their value beyond compliance; how to encourage good accessibility practices in authors; and how to take a top-down approach to accessible publishing. Speakers will also present publisher case studies that have demonstrated best practices in accessibility.  

Jason Pointe, Publications Director, International Anesthesia Research Society will moderate this panel and is joined by Nina Amato, Senior User Experience Designer at American Chemical Society; Violaine Iglesias, CEO and Co-Founder, Cadmore Media; and Alan Maloney, Executive User Experience Manager, SAGE Publications.

Who is the intended audience and why should they attend?

This webinar is going to cover accessibility in a way that will be relevant to both anyone involved with content production and platform for content delivery and consumption. In this case, content production could be managing editors, publishing directors involved in editorial and business strategy (like me), and those involved in production file preparation and coding. And for content platform, I think anyone working on user experience and related design.

Why do you think this topic is important and timely?

I think Alan put it well in an introductory discussion of the panel, saying that accessibility has progressed from a compliance issue to a wider user experience opportunity. Violaine added that the technology is the easy part, content change is harder – teaching and encouraging accessibility practices in authors. Nina says that accessibility needs to be addressed organizationally, from the top down, to really succeed. Accessibility should be included as part of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion actions within organizations.

Is there a particular topic you’re looking forward to seeing discussed?

I’m looking forward to hearing our panelists discuss how to approach the top-down adoption of accessibility as part of evolution and change in an organization’s culture and business approach.

What do the selected speakers bring to the discussion?

Each of our panelists has a unique personal career journey that instilled in them a passion for addressing accessibility in publishing. 

What can attendees expect?

Violaine will speak to why accessibility should be a priority – what problems it addresses and what opportunities it presents. Alan will discuss the more personal and organizational aspects of change to address accessibility. Nina will draw on her experience to focus on how an organization gets started to plan and implement accessibility measures.

Attendees of this webinar should leave it having gained:

  • A clearer understanding of accessibility – what it means and what it addresses
  • Experience-based insights on how an organization and its employees develop an accessibility-focused culture
  • Practical guidance to get their organizations started on an accessibility-focused path

StraiveThank you to our sponsor, Straive

Click here to register now!


News contribution by SSP member, Heather Kotula. Heather is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Access Innovations, Inc.

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