S4 Carlisle Announces New Partnership With Benetech

A previous post appearing on our blog discussed the growing need for content to be accessible to those with disabilities. Many publishers are still unready for the demands that making their content accessible entails, or they continue to delay its implementation. Publishers face increasing scrutiny for their journals, books, and technical material to be accessible, but they must also be cognizant of the current legal setting regarding accessibility, regardless of what form their traditional or electronic materials take. This means building the process of certifying materials as compliant into the process of content creation and distribution from the very beginning of the process.

Most important for publishers today will be partnering with companies that are already working with publishers when it comes to content development, editorial services, composition, online learning, E-book development and conversion, and technology solutions. Their experience and knowledge when it comes to accessibility compliance and development will be invaluable to both large and small publishers. S4Carllisle is a company at the forefront of accessibility for our clients. We have years of experience helping publishers meet the rigorous standards and requirements of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 A & AA, Structure Guidelines for DAISY 3, Epub3 1.0 Accessibility Guidelines, Section 508, and all other regulations promulgated under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA).

S4Carlisle Publishing Services is pleased to announce that it has received accreditation as a Benetech Global Certified Accessible™ (GCA) vendor. Benetech is a well-known nonprofit organization that empowers communities with software for social good, issues this accreditation to those companies 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 Global Certified Accessible™ vendor certification program is the first-ever, third-party EPUB certification program to verify eBook accessibility. All approved PUB conversion vendors have demonstrated success in consistently producing files that conform to Benetech’s GCA certification standard. This includes meeting the EPUB Accessibility 1.0 Conformance and Discovery specification and exceeding a publishing standard level of WCAG 2.10 AA. Benetech endorses these vendors as experts in producing fully accessible EPUBs.

At S4Carlisle, our goal is to provide a consistent, fully accessible document that conveys relevant information, and is accurately tagged for the end user. We have years of experience helping publishers meet the rigorous standards and requirements of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 A & AA, Structure Guidelines for DAISY 3, Epub3 1.0 Accessibility Guidelines, Section 508, as well as all other regulations promulgated under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act As Amended (ADAAA).

Vice President and General Manager of Global Education and Literacy at Benetech, Brad Turner, stated that, “All digital content can – and should – be born accessible,” said. “As a recipient of the first and only global third-party accessibility certification, S4Carlisle can be trusted by publishers and content creators to ensure that their content is fully accessible.”

Kris Srinaath, Co-Founder and CEO at S4Carlisle recently made remarks about the new announcement. He reiterated that S4 Carlisle is a company that passionately believes no barriers to learning and gaining knowledge should ever exist for anyone. He went on to note that over the last several years, S4Carlisle has been working with publishers and content owners, in making it easier for them to surmount the cost and complexity of creating accessible content. He concluded by remarking that this accreditation from Benetech’s Global Certified Accessible™ Program is a genuine demonstration not only of S4Carlisle’s capabilities, but also its compliance in the accessibility domain.

In a world where providing content for as large an audience as possible is of prime importance, and where the legal requirements for doing so are increasingly becoming more complex, publishers and content owners must choose wisely when it comes to partnering with companies that can help them achieve those goals.

Please contact us today at learning@s4carlisle.com to see what we can do for your organization, association, or educational institution.

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