Against the Grain | Aug 29, 2022
In today’s episode we feature a conversation between Simon Holt, Elsevier, and Matthew Ismail, Editor in Chief of the Charleston Briefings and a Conference Director at the Charleston Conference.
Simon Holt is Disability Confidence Manager at Elsevier and he is deeply involved with the issue of accessibility in scholarly communication. In this podcast, Simon and Matthew discuss how making post-publication accommodations for disabled readers can be succeeded in the scholarly publishing world by born-accessible texts which have universal accessibility built into them. Simon talks about how different publishing formats, ranging from print text to audio, can serve the needs of all readers and widen the audience for scholarly texts. Simon seeks to transform the scholarly publishing environment to make universal accessibility both a part of the everyday publishing workflow and to make good business sense for publishers.
Simon Holt is also one of the project leaders for the Toolkit for Disability Equity.