George Kerscher

George Kerscher
Secretary General, Daisy Consortium

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George Kerscher Ph.D. – “In the Information Age, access to information is a fundamental human right.”

George Kerscher began his IT innovations in 1987 and coined the term “print disabled.” George is dedicated to developing technologies that make information not only accessible, but also fully functional in the hands of persons who are blind or who have a print disability. He believes properly designed information systems can make all information accessible to all people and is working to push evolving technologies in this direction.

As Secretary General of the DAISY Consortium and President of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), Kerscher is a recognized international leader in document access. In addition, Kerscher is the Senior Officer of Accessible Technology at Learning Ally in the USA. He chairs the DAISY/NISO Standards committee, the EPUB Maintenance working group and the W3C’s Steering Council for the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). George also serves on the USA National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) Board.

Sessions

Make Astor Ballroom
Betsy Beaumon (Benetech), Adam Witwer (O'Reilly Media, Inc.), George Kerscher (Daisy Consortium), Larry Goldberg (National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH (NCAM)), Katie Cunningham (Cox Media Group)
Enhanced eBooks are posing a fresh challenge to making “books” fully accessible for readers with print disabilities. This panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges of accessible multimedia, presenting Benetech’s DIAGRAM Center, an initiative to create tools and processes for publishers to build in image accessibility for a full range of media types. Read more.
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Ingram Content Group
  • COPIA
  • codeMantra
  • Impelsys Inc.
  • SPi Global
  • Baker & Taylor
  • Blackboard
  • Bowker
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Innodata
  • Jouve North America
  • MarkLogic
  • Newgen KnowledgeWorks
  • Océ North America
  • Temis
  • Aptara
  • Atex
  • LibreDigital
  • Media Services Group
  • MarkLogic
  • Smashwords, Inc.

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Sharon Cordesse at scordesse@oreilly.com

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