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

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Certified Accessible eBook Ecosystem: Publisher to Student

Date & Time
Friday, March 22, 2024 - 1:20 PM PDT  
Grand GH  
Benetech will be joined by vendor Newgen, publisher Macmillan Learning, and distributor VitalSource, in a roundtable discussion of the benefits of third party certification and accessible eBooks. GCA launched in 2018, having over 60 publishers and a dozen conversion vendors creating thousands of accessible EPUBs. You will hear from our GCA family their firsthand experiences and their accessibility journey over the years. GCA helps book makers understand what makes an EPUB fully accessible. Newgen was one of the first vendors to receive GCA certification, they will share how they are helping publishers produce accessible content and why having a certification is beneficial for vendors to produce this type of content. Being a trusted vendor helping publishers deliver accessible eBooks and meet the accessibility requirements. Macmillan Learning Benetech's first GCA certified publisher will share their accessibility journey including their process for address frontlist and backlist titles; how they developed in-house verification methods for their eBooks; and new improvements to their eBooks based on the evolution of the certification. VitalSource has been a leader and an active participant in the accessible digital book ecosystem for more than 20 years, promoting accessible reflowable eBooks and their accessibility metadata. We will share how the industry has shifted from fixed Layout PDF to reflowable EPUBs as the primary choice and best accessibility option for everyone.  
  • Higher Education
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • K-12 Education
  • Media & Publishing
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
GCA helps publishers and vendors produce fully accessible EPUBs that are born accessible. Campus bookstores and libraries can now showcase the accessibility metadata publishers include in the title, empowering students with the information they need.  
Primary Topic
Digital Accessibility  
Secondary Topics
  • Blind/Low Vision
  • Captions & Transcription
  • Education
  • Information & Communications Technology (ICT)
Session Type
General Track  


  • Charles LaPierre
  • Rachel Comerford
    Macmillan Learning
  • Maran Elancheran
  • Rick Johnson
    VitalSource Technologies

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