EDUCATIONAL EVENT: December 10, 2020,

Noon -1 PT

Publishing for All Readers: Breaking Down Reading Barriers through Accessible Content

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Publishing for All Readers: Breaking Down Reading Barriers through Accessible Content

With Guillian Hetzler, Director of Content Acquisition at Benetech, the world's largest library for the reading disabled

 

Have terms like “accessibility” and “inclusive publishing” been popping up in conversations at work lately?  What does “accessibility” even mean, and why should you care? Please join Guillian Hetzler, Director of Content Acquisition at Benetech, to learn about all this and more.

 

About 5% of the population has a diagnosed reading disability that prevents them from accessing printed books. These are people with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers. The rise of ebooks and audiobooks have greatly increased this audience’s access to book content and the joy of reading. However, going “digital” or “audio” does not necessarily solve these critical issues of access for all readers.

 

In this one-hour long FREE webinar, you will learn:

 

  • What exactly does accessibility in book publishing mean?

  • What can you do today?

  • What can you do tomorrow?

Guillian Hetzler is the Treasurer for Bay Area Women in Publishing, and is the interim chair of the Social Events Committee as well as the co-chair of the Mentorship Task Force. 

 

Guillian is Director of Content Acquisitions at Benetech, a nonprofit that runs Bookshare, a global digital library for people with print disabilities. Previously, Guillian worked in client services at INscribe Digital and editorial at Simon & Schuster and Entangled Publishing. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the Columbia Publishing Course and is always on the lookout for her next great read.