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Accessibility in Publishing: Creating an Inclusive Future for All
Tuesday 23rd May 2017, 9-10:30am

Sponsored by:  Elsevier logo

Over 2 million people in the UK live with sight loss, of which approximately 360,000 are registered with their local authority as blind or partially-sighted. In addition, over 10% of people worldwide have a print disability. It is predicted that by 2020 the number of people with sight loss in the UK will rise to over 2,250,000 and by 2050, the current number will have almost doubled to nearly four million. Clearly, the book industry has a key role to play in ensuring that the products it produces are accessible to all and available for consumption in a variety of inclusive formats. 

In 2016, BIC hosted a presentation by the DAISY Consortium about accessible publishing and the Marrakech treaty as part of the New Trends in Publishing Seminar. This BIC Breakfast will provide an update on this crucial topic, investigating both the challenges of and advancements in accessible publishing in recent years. It will address what organisations should be doing to ensure that they are meeting the requirements of this important but relatively untapped demographic and the fundamental reasons for doing so. 

We will hear the latest from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) about the difference that accessible products can make to blind and partially-sighted peoples’ lives; Dorling Kindersley will provide an update on the production of physical, accessible products (including a peek at their recent children’s braille series); and EDItEUR will explain what accessibility really means in relation to producing digital products, including a look at the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and how ONIX can help to express information about your products’ accessibility features.

Hosted by: 
Alaina-Marie Bassett, Business Manager, BIC

Our speakers will include:
Robin Spinks, Senior Strategy Manager, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Charlotte Oliver, Senior Producer, Dorling Kindersley
Chris Saynor, Standards Editor, EDItEUR

Spaces are limited at all BIC Breakfasts and are allocated on a first-to-register basis. Please do not sign up for this event unless you intend to attend on the day. 

If for any reason you are unable to attend this event or the event is sold-out, please be aware that it is now possible to watch our BIC Breakfasts via Twitter. Simply go to @BIC1UK, look out for a tweet from our account (which will be sent at approximately 9:25am on the date of the event) and click on the link provided in this tweet which will redirect you to Periscope to watch the event live!

Also, if you are not able to attend this event but have a question for one of our speakers then do get in touch. Either tweet at @BIC1UK (before or during the event) or contact Alaina-Marie Basett on alaina-marie@bic.org.uk (prior to the event) to have your question put to our speakers.

To register for your ticket to attend this BIC Breakfast, please click here.
Tickets are FREE for BIC Members but there is a nominal fee for non-members. 

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Please read the full Sponsorship Package proposal here.

If your organisation is interested in contributing ideas for a future BIC Breakfast or would like to sponsor one, please do get in touch with Alaina-Marie Bassett, BIC's Business Manager, on: info@bic.org.uk or give her a call: +44(0) 20 7255 0513 



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