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Publishers and European Accessibility Act, What You Need to Know ! Be prepared for the implementation of the European Accessibility Act in June 2025

  • Thursday 09th May @ 9:30 am

    A 90 Minute Webinar  -The Implementation of the European Accessibility Act 2025

    For Publishers to be fully prepared for the implementation of the European Accessibility Act in June 2025 we have created a bespoke webinar for Publishing with Ireland with Simon Mellin, an independent consultant to increase industry awareness of accessibility issues, but also make achieving publishing accessibility less daunting and help to begin architecting real roadmaps to success and compliance.

    AGENDA

    10.00 – Introductions
    10.10 – Simon Mellins
    1. Why now?
    2. Why EPUB?
    3. Image Description/Alt text
    4. Metadata
    5. Strategy
    6. Q&A
    10.50 – Samantha Holam – What the legal impact is on Irish Publishers.
    11.10 – Q& A for Simon and Samantha
    11.30 – Event Finish

    For Publishers to be fully prepared for the implementation of the European Accessibility Act in June 2025 we have created a bespoke webinar for Publishing with Ireland with Simon Mellin, an independent consultant to increase industry awareness of accessibility issues, but also make achieving publishing accessibility less daunting and help to begin architecting real roadmaps to success and compliance.

     

    Simon Mellins – Speaker Bio

    Has worked in the publishing sector for over 15 years, covering content spanning magazines, STEM, trade, children’s illustrated and just about everything else. As an accessibility subject matter expert with deep experience in publishing workflows,

    I know how to manage ambition and intention with practicability,  budget and time. I’ve been working with ebooks since the early days of the standard, and have a passion for all forms of digital publishing. I’ve specialised in accessibility since 2017, spearheading the effort at Penguin Random House UK to make content on a huge and time-critical publishing schedule truly, deeply accessible. I’ve worked with many different companies, interest groups and technology providers and have a deep understanding of the key technologies needed for your accessibility journey. With experience at the strategic level, working with stakeholders from legal, corporate, editorial and production backgrounds, I look at accessibility as a broad, institutional effort. If you choose to work with me, you’ll find my focus is on real, achievable roadmaps and goals, that ensure your organisation can manage and thrive in change, provide the features and services that really impact print-disabled readers, and ensure a solid road to compliance and barrier-free entry into international markets. I am an experienced trainer with years of experience in presenting complex topics for non-technical audiences. I specialise in strategic and technical consulting, training and product development. I am a co-founder of the UK Publishing Accessibility Action Group (paag.uk) and sit on various W3 committees in the EPUB space.