• 39th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - March 18 - 22,2024 at the Anaheim Marriott

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38th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference Has Concluded

Eliminate Students’ Dependency on Alternative Materials

Date & Time
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 3:20 PM PST  
Grand GH  
EPUB is the preferred digital file format used by publishers to distribute textbooks, and it is the most accessible mainstream publishing format ever developed. However, the app or device used has an incredible impact on the reading experience, and especially for students using Assistive Technology. If a first-year student is trained in using a great EPUB reading system, you will find that their demands for alternative materials drops through the floor. This session will provide guidance to DSO professionals on what reading apps and devices they can recommend to their students and why. EPUB Reading Systems in Higher Ed are rigorously evaluated with Assistive Technology by persons with print disabilities and accessibility experts. The results are tracked at All the major Reading Systems and Apps used in Higher Ed are evaluated, including popular specialized apps used by students with disabilities. We will start with our experts providing a detailed explanation of the testing methodology that uses controlled EPUB test books, including Math and STEM titles. Most of the session we will spend providing results and recommendations on which Reading Systems to recommend to students, and we will highlight some of the latest developments that benefit learners with print disabilities. Finally, we will provide an extensive list of resources and demonstration videos as well as how to easily keep up to date with the ongoing testing.

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  • Higher Education
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Disability Specific
  • K-12 Education
  • Media & Publishing
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
Enabling students to independently use digitally published materials in the EPUB format can enhance their learning and eliminate a ton of work for the DSO office! Which EPUB reading apps are worth recommending and why? Get up-to-date guidance.  
Primary Topic
Digital Accessibility  
Secondary Topics
  • Blind/Low Vision
  • Captions & Transcription
  • Education
  • Evaluation & Remediation
Session Type
General Track  


  • George Kerscher
    DAISY Consortium
  • Richard Orme
    DAISY Consortium
  • Prashant Ranjan Verma
    DAISY Consortium

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