Hachette Adds Online Tool For Disabled Readers

The Hachette Book Group has created a new online tool that helps individuals with physical disabilities navigate their site, the first trade publisher to do so.

Through a partnership with a company called eSSENTIAL Accessibility, which makes assistive software, HBG’s website is now optimized for people who have difficulty typing, moving a mouse or reading a Web page. The technology includes various keyboard and mouse replacement options. Users can access this special experience by clicking on a special icon.

It is catered to individuals with a variety of conditions including: stroke, paralysis, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s disease. It is also designed for people who have difficulty reading because of literacy deficiencies, limited English proficiency, dyslexia or mild visual impairment.

This effort is part of a Disability Community Involvement initiative sponsored by various advocacy organizations for the disabled including The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.