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Learn About Benetech's Projects Supporting Digital Content Accessibility

  • 4 days ago · 6:30 PM
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***Please note we will get things started at 7:00PM to account for travel for those coming from San Francisco or other points north and east. See the end of the announcement for transit info.

***Google has graciously offered to provide us with some food and light refreshments for our meet up. A big thank you to Google for providing the venue and the food and drink.


Charles LaPierre - Technical Lead, DIAGRAM + Born Accessible

Deep Datta -  Community Manager, Head of Technical Communities

Deanna McCusker – Head of User Experience

Join us at Google in Mountain View for our last Meetup of 2016. Our presenters come from Benetech in Palo Alto. Here's what they plan to present on, in their own words. 

"Our accessibility talk will highlight Benetech's many program areas and then dive deeper into the work we're doing to make digital content more accessible through our Global Literacy initiatives:
Bookshare - the world’s largest library of accessible ebooks for people with blindness, low-vision, dyslexia, and motor impairment. The reading tools that work with this library employ multiple modalities for reading such as: text-to-speech, word-level highlighting, special fonts and customized print. Learn what Benetech is doing to grow this library (including international expansion thanks to a Impact Challenge grant) and move to the next level of print accessibility.

Born Accessible is our initiative enabling the publishing industry to make content accessible from moment it’s released. To do that, we’re increasing accessibility with standards and best practices within the W3C and IDPF. We are also conducting a pilot program with publishers and conversion venders to evaluate how accessible their EPUB files are. Learn how this work will shape a new EPUB conformance and certification program currently in development.

The DIAGRAM Center is our Global Literacy RD Center, funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education, focused on multi-modal technology for accessible educational materials. Learn about some of the projects that DIAGRAM is engaging the broader accessibility community on, including:
• Accessible widgets for the Web, EPUB and education
• Machine learning for image description and accessible book assessment (also thanks to
• Code sprints and co-development opportunities
And for those who get inspired to roll up their sleeves, we'll talk about Benetech’s Code Alliance initiative where we ignite cross–sector collaboration with the nonprofit, corporate, technology, and stakeholder communities, and connect open source developers to social impact opportunities. Help us make an impact using software and get involved!"

We will follow the usual agenda:
6:30 - 7:00 Mix and Mingle
7:00 - 7:15 Welcome, Housekeeping, Jobs and Other Announcements
7:15 - 8:15/30 Benetech Presentation
8:30 Close

Based on the Caltrain schedule the two trains that come from SF to Mountain View leave SF at 5:20 (arrive at 6:14) and 5:28 (arrive at 6:38). There's a third train that leaves SF at 5:55 (arriving at 6:52). Once you arrive in Mountain View, you will have to take a taxi or rideshare to Google.

For the return to SF, the train leaves at 8:51 from Mountain View.

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  • Kristian M.

    Great, as always, presentation and networking. Good group of people sharing their opinions and experience. A vibrant community of digital accessibility champions.

    2 days ago

  • Charles L.

    Thanks Jennison, Diana, Google, and CaptionMax for everything yesterday. It was an honor for Benetech to present on what we are doing and I know I personally had a number of great conversations after the presentations. If anyone is interested in contributing in one of our community groups they are very low bandwidth but high impact as you saw last night! Please contact me and we can see where your skills line up with one of our community groups as we are always looking for volunteers to help with our global effort to make educational materials to all students, and any EPUBs born digital are also born accessible!

    As promised here is a link to our slides from last evening.

    Thanks again it was a pleasure!

    Charles LaPierre
    Technical Lead, DIAGRAM and Born Accessible

    1 · 3 days ago

    • Deanna M.

      Also, if anyone who qualifies is interested in becoming a Bookshare member, let us know!

      1 · 3 days ago

  • Ay S.

    Great event as always! Thanks to everyone for coming. Happy to meet you all, and looking forward to see you again.

    Thanks so much for provided realtime captions!
    Thanks to Google for the venue and dinner!

    1 · 4 days ago

  • Emilie B.

    I'm driving up from San Jose. I'm happy to provide a ride to anyone from the South Bay.

    1 · November 17

  • Charles L.

    Looking forward to seeing you all at this Bay Area Accessibility Meet-up!

    1 · November 17

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