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A focus on accessibility during the IPA Educational Publishers Forum Open Meeting


The issue of accessibility has become increasingly important and strategic for European publishing in view of the implementation of the European Accessibility Act. This is why several seminars and workshops have been organized about this theme in the latest editions of the Frankfurter Buchmesse, the world’s largest publishing-industry trade show.

Also in this year’s edition (from 20 to 24 October), various moments of meeting on accessibility are planned, starting with the seminar on the 20 “Accessibility Now” dedicated specifically to the European Directive and in which Fondazione LIA will be present (more info here).

Another event to be noted on the calendar is the Educational Publishers Forum Open Meeting organized by IPA – International Publishers Association on 22 October, which will discuss key issues in the educational sector, including accessibility.

“IPA Educational Publishers Forum Open Meeting”

The meeting is organised by IPA’s Educational Publishers Forum, a group that brings together professional educational publishers from around the world to explore developments in the sector at international level. This year it will be held in an hybrid format (live and streaming) from the Bildung Forum of the fair, a space dedicated to education.


Friday, October 22
12:45 – 14:15 CEST

Live from the Forum Bildung (Stand 3.1/C28)

Live stream: https://fbm2021-forum-bildung.streamslive.de/

Topics and speakers

These guests will speak on specific topics: Dmitry Klimishin (CEO of Prosveshcheniye), with a focus on the Russian educational market of 2021; Beatriz Pont (Senior Educational Analyst of the OECD in Paris), on the implementation of education policies that enhance didactic materials, and Maurizio Mattioli (Head of Zanichelli’s digital media division), on the challenges of accessibility for school publishing and on the work done by the Italian publishing house.

Zanichelli has been working for several years alongside Fondazione LIA with the aim of implementing accessibility in its workflows. In particular, in recent months LIA has carried out audits of  MyZanichelli and ZTE educational platforms to verify their degree of compliance with international accessibility standards. Zanichelli’s developers are working closely with LIA’s accessibility experts in an refining process to make platforms more inclusive for all.

Maurizio Mattioli will talk about this multi-year collaboration and the objectives that the publishing house has set itself toward inclusion and what is required by the European Accessibility Act.


The event is also organised in the framework of Aldus UP, the European Book Fairs network promoting the internationalization of the book sector and the innovation of book fairs format.

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