I spent the last two days at the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard meetings: the U.S. has just passed a law mandating this standard in education for students with disability. The law includes setting up a repository for publishers to deposit textbooks in electronic form. Bookshare.org is on the NIMAS Development Committee, so Janice Carter and I were able to participate in some of the debates on how to implement this new standard. Good news: the Bookshare.org books are essentially already compliant with this standard.
Today and tomorrow are the ATIA 2005 Conference & Exhibition. This is probably the second biggest U.S. conference on assistive technology. All the big players are here, and it's where I get the chance to brainstorm with the leaders in the field over how we could be better working together to improve access.