<div class="main single-column"> <h1>The VitalSource Accessibility Commitment</h1> <p>For more than a decade, VitalSource has provided accessible solutions to learners of all abilities. VitalSource was the first company to offer a reading system to support the emerging EDUPUB standard, that brings the benefits of accessible classroom materials into the integrated learning environment.</p> <p>This year, VitalSource is expanding its accessibility agenda with new content, improved applications and increased collaboration with the accessibility community: </p> <ul> <li><p><strong>Expanded Content.</strong> As part of last year’s acquisition of CourseSmart, VitalSource has migrated CourseSmart’s accessible PDF content to the VitalSource platform, including content enhanced through the Student E-rent Pilot Project (STEPP). Funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant, in partnership with the Alternative Media Access Center (AMAC), this project remediated more than 1,000 leading textbook titles requested by students and instructors with print disabilities. This ever-growing collection, combined with more than 200,000 titles in the highly accessible EPUB format, ensures that VitalSource offers the largest catalog of accessible educational content available today. VitalSource further strives to lead the market to wider availability of accessible content by continually educating publishers about accessibility best practices.</p></li> <li><p><strong>Enhanced Applications.</strong> VitalSource is announcing new updates to its desktop and mobile applications, all of which provide greater support for assistive technologies interacting with EPUB and PDF content. Additionally, VitalSource is supporting user-added EPUB content in its downloadable apps, providing access to assistive technologies to a wide range of Open Education Resources (OER) and other content sources.</p></li> <li><p><strong>Accessibility Advocacy.</strong> VitalSource is continuing more than a decade of involvement in accessibility issues by actively participating in: <li>The EPUB 3 Support Grid maintained through a partnership between the IDPF, DAISY Consortium and the Book Industry Study Group <a href=""></a>).</p></li> <li><p>The Center for Accessible Materials Innovation (CAMI), funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education (<a href=""></a>)</p></li> </ul> <br> <p> </p> <h2>Need an Accessible eTextbook?</h2> <p>Some content available through VitalSource can be enhanced to improve compatibility with assistive technologies. In many cases, logical reading order, table markup, and image descriptions can be added or improved. Any student who would like to request that a particular title be enhanced for improved accessibility may do so by <a href="/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=104487">submitting this form.</a> </p> <br> <p> </p> <h2>The EDUPUB Initiative</h2> VitalSource regularly collaborates with independent consultants and industry experts including the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), Tech For All, JISC, Alternative Media Access Center (AMAC), and others. With the help of these experts, VitalSource strives to ensure its platform conforms to applicable accessibility standards including Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Accessibility Guidelines established by the Worldwide Web Consortium known as WCAG 2.0. The state of the platform's conformance with Section 508 at any point in time is made available through the publication of Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPATs). </p> <p>VitalSource continues to support industry standards for accessibility by conducting conformance testing on all Bookshelf platforms – offline on Windows and Macs; online on Windows and Macs using standard browsers (e.g., Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari); and on mobile devices for iOS and Android. All Bookshelf platforms are evaluated using industry-leading screen reading programs available for the platform including JAWS and NVDA for Windows, VoiceOver for Mac and iOS, and TalkBack for Android, ensuring a comprehensive reading experience, all Bookshelf platforms have been evaluated using EPUB® and enhanced PDF books. <p> </p> <h2>Ongoing Accessibility Goals for VitalSource</h2> <p>VitalSource is dedicated to continuous improvement in accommodating the needs of all users and has set the following objectives for accessibility:</p> <ul class="bullet"> <li>Meet or exceed industry accessibility standards.</li> <li>Continuously improve accessibility and usability for people with disabilities. VitalSource has integrated accessibility and useability testing as part of the development for all Bookshelf platforms – online, offline and mobile and through rigorous third-party accessibility testing.</li> <li>Provide ready access to as many titles as possible: In addition to hundreds of pre–tagged best sellers, VitalSource commits to providing optimized textbooks as quickly as possible. When an optimized version of a requested title is not available, VitalSource will work to get the title optimized as soon as possible (often in as little as two weeks).</li> <li>Serve the widest possible range of disabilities. VitalSource considers the needs of people with visual, hearing and mobility impairments as well as individuals with cognitive or learning disabilities.</li> <li>Go beyond content access and provide more universal design study tools that assist all students.</li> </ul> <p> </p> <h2>Long–Term Accessibility Goals for VitalSource</h2> <ul class="bullet"> <li>Provide industry-leading access to all subject areas, including STEM (Scientific, Technical, Engineering, Mathematics).</li> <li>Provide ePUB3–based titles with enhanced accessibility. As part of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) ePUB3 working group, VitalSource helped define the new digital standards that incorporate accessibility into the standard design. VitalSource is now working with publishers to support the development of commercial materials developed to this highly–accessible standard.</li> </ul> <p> </p> <h2>VitalSource Bookshelf Accessibility</h2> <p>Select the Bookshelf platform below for more information on how to use the platform, accessibility tips and issues and accessibility documentation:</p> <ul> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Bookshelf for Windows</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Bookshelf for Mac OS X</a></li> <li><a href="">Bookshelf iOS App</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Bookshelf Android App</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Bookshelf Kindle</a></li> <li><a href="/hc/en-us/categories/200136253">Bookshelf Online</a></li> </ul>