George Kerscher - Publishing and Worldwide Access for Students with Disabilities in Universities

  • Where: University of Montana, University Center Theater 32 Campus Drive Missoula, Montana
  • When: Sep 11th, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Publishing and Worldwide Access for Students with Disabilities in Universities Universities face the same problem all over the world, “How do students with disabilities gain access to information?” This one-hour session will provide a high-level perspective on access to the World Wide Web, and to published materials, e.g. textbooks, journals, and papers. It will explain what “born accessible” published digital books are and how to use and find them. We will look at copyright laws and copyright exceptions and the Marrakesh Treaty. It will go on to look at strategies on what a university can do when born accessible materials are not available. George Kerscher, a pioneer in the field of digital technology and accessibility with an honorary doctorate from the University of Montana, will be giving a keynote address on Wednesday, September 11 at 4:30 at the University Center Theater. This presentation will be open to the public, and reasonable accommodations will be available, including captioning and sign language interpretation. Keynote Speaker George Kerscher George Kerscher is a pioneer in the field of digital technology and accessibility. He is an influential and inspiring leader for digital accessibility standards in the world. Kerscher is Chief Innovations Officer of the DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) Consortium and Senior Advisor for Global Literacy program by Benetech that operates the world’s largest online library for accessible ebooks for people with print disabilities. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) that has developed EPUB standard for interchange and distribution of digital publications. He has also served as Chair of the Steering Council of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative. Kerscher has been advocating for developing technologies that make information accessible and fully functional for those who are blind or have print disability. His work has influenced world-wide standards such as website and digital publications so that digital information is accessible to all people. Kerscher was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change during the Obama Administration. He holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Montana. He lives in Missoula, Montana with his wife and his guide dog Kroner.

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