Laura Brady is an accessibility expert whose priority is always to put users first. For the past fifteen years, she has worked in digital publishing creating and converting ebooks, training publishers on accessible workflows, writing a blog helping developers work more accessibly, and consulting for services organizations about how to publish inclusively while worrying about everyone’s reading experience. A sought-after consultant, trainer, and public speaker, Laura advocates with government funders, accessible library organizations, and publisher associations for disability issues. Laura is also active at sharing knowledge, building communities, and calling stakeholders in through community groups like #eprdctn, the Accessible Publishing Summit and ebookcraft, in addition to serving on the eBound and Accessible Books Consortium’s board of directors. In her free time, Laura reads books and loves dogs. She hasn’t mastered doing both at once.
How to make accessible ebooks: A workshop for beginners
May 19, 2022, 1-5 p.m. ET | Free
Everyone’s talking about accessibility these days and it can be daunting if you don’t know where to start. Let this workshop be your starting place.
Non-technical? No problem. This workshop is for everyone who wants to learn how to make accessible, ready-for-the-market ebooks, regardless of their department or previous experience with ebooks. Join us to get a plain language explainer of all the pieces of the ebook accessibility puzzle. This will be a hands-on, get-your-hands-dirty event with expertly guided small breakout groups.
Things we will cover:
-The basics of working with HTML in your EPUB
-How to test for accessibility
-How to identify and resolve errors
-The latest tools, gadgets, and gizmos to make the work easier
-How to describe your ebook for maximum discoverability
Attendees will leave with a clear understanding of how to create accessible content and understand how the decisions they make will impact the reading experience for everyone.