We are pleased to announce that UAlberta Press is now a Benetech Global Certified Accessible™ (GCA) publisher.
Benetech, a nonprofit that empowers communities with software for social good, issues this accreditation to those publishers who produce EPUBs that meet a full range of accessibility features required to support the needs of all readers, including those with disabilities and learning differences.
Benetech’s GCA publisher certification program is the first ever, third-party EPUB certification program to verify ebook accessibility. All approved publishers have demonstrated success consistently producing files in accordance with Benetech’s GCA certification standard, meeting the EPUB Accessibility 1.0 Conformance and Discovery specification and exceeding a publishing standard level of WCAG 2.0 AA.
We thank Kieran Leblanc and her team at the Book Publishers Association of Alberta for their projects to help publishers, including University of Alberta Press, create accessible EPUBs of backlist titles. They have also offered numerous professional development opportunities around issues of accessibility.