International Symposium -Digital Textbook Accessibility- 18th Nov Tokyo

International Symposium
-Digital Textbook Accessibility-

DAISY Consortium (DC) is a leading international organization to develop open accessible standards (DAISY, EPUB 3) and support inclusive publishing efforts around the world. Taking advantage of the DC Board Meeting in Tokyo, the Japan DAISY Consortium, in collaboration with Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities and The Nippon foundation, will co-host an international symposium on Digital Textbooks Accessibility to learn its international trends from lecturers and discuss how we ensure access to inclusive education in Japan.

Date: November 18 Friday, 13:30 to 16:30
Venue: The Nippon Foundation Headquarters
Language: English and Japanese (Simultaneous Interpretation)
Information Support: Japanese Sign Language, Japanese Captions and English Captions
Host Organizations: Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities, The Nippon Foundation and Japan DAISY Consortium
Registration: For English registration, please contact
For Japanese registration, please visit:

Draft Program (will be updated)
13:30 Opening
Moderator: Misako Nomura: Chief of The Secretariat, Japan DAISY Consortium
13:35-13:45 Welcome
Yasunobu Ishii: Senior Program Director Disability and Child Welfare Team Social Innovation Program Division, The Nippon Foundation
Junji Fukumo: Executive Director, Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities
13:45-14:00 Keynote : Hiroshi Kawamura: Steering Committee Chairman, Japan DAISY Consortium/Vice President, Assistive Technology Development Organization
14:00-14:30 Lecture1
“How to achieve ‘born accessibility’ of digital textbooks. The Dutch model”
Maarten Verboom: Chief Executive Officer, Dedicon- the Kingdom of the Netherlands
14:30-15:00 Lecture2
“Providing Educational Content: Today, Tomorrow, and the Future”
Brad Turner: Vice President, Global Literacy, Benetech /Bookshare- The United States of America
15:00-15:10 Break
15:10-15:30 Lecture3
“EPUB Accessibility Conformance and Discovery Specification: the baseline for Educational Publishing.”
George Kerscher: Chief Innovation Officer, DAISY Consortium/President of IDPF- The United States of America
15:30-16:25 Panel Discussion- Learn from the approach in England, Norway and India-
Richard Orme: Chief Executive Officer, DAISY Consortium- The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Arne Kyrkjebo: Head of Development Department, Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille (NLB)- Norway
Avneesh Singh: Chief Operating Officer, DAISY Consortium /Co-Chair, EPUB 3 accessibility working group- India
16:25-16:30 Closing by Hiroshi Kawamura
16:30-17:30 Pleasant Talk, Business Card and Information Exchange