Macmillan Learning Accessibility

Macmillan Learning strives to create products that are usable by all learners and meet universally applied accessibility standards.

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2020 Winner of Accessible Books Consortium’s International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing

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Commitment to Accessibility

Macmillan Learning is committed to the goal of providing equal access to all products regardless of an individual’s age, ability, or situation and embraces the opportunity to develop services and information technologies that are accessible and usable by all individuals. Accessibility at Macmillan Learning is about extending the power of education to all users. In addition to addressing product compatibility with assistive technologies such as screen reader software, alternative keyboard devices, and voice recognition products, we are working to ensure that the content and platforms we provide are fully accessible.

By partnering with the best and the brightest authors in their respective fields, Macmillan Learning strives to improve the world by moving beyond conventional educational concepts and empowering all instructors and students to explore coursework in new, innovative, and creative ways that will enable better outcomes for students and institutions.

E-books: Macmillan Learning produces e-books in EPUB3 format. Our e-books include accessibility metadata, short and long alt text, clear structure and organization, and a variety of navigation methods including page and heading navigation. The e-books reflow and respond to magnification, so the text is readable at 200% magnification. We also prioritize keyboard navigation and reading order in our e-book development. Macmillan Learning has a policy that allows 10 pages to be printed at a time and the copy/pasting of 2 pages at a time.

We are proud that starting in 2019, our e-books are Global Certified Accessible by Benetech. In 2020, Macmillan Learning was awarded the Accessible Books Consortium’s International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing.

Images: Since 2017, Macmillan has been providing alternative text for all images inside our e-books, slides, and other resources. Depending on the complexity of the image, we provide both short and long descriptions.

Videos: We provide closed captioning in an accessible player for our videos. Starting in 2019, we began introducing audio description to our video programs.

Simulations: We actively work with accessibility experts to ensure the best experience for all users. Many of our interactive simulations provide a rich, enhanced learning experience for all students.

Accessibility at Macmillan Learning is measured using guidelines set forth by 29 U.S.C. 794d (more commonly known as Section 508), as well as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) (more commonly known as WCAG 2.1 AA).

Commitment to Support

WebAIM identifies the major categories of people with disabilities as:

Visual: Blindness, low vision, color-blindness

Hearing: Deafness and hard-of-hearing

Motor: Inability to use a mouse and/or other peripherals, slow response time, limited fine motor control

Cognitive: Learning disabilities, distractibility, inability to remember or focus on large amounts of information

Upon request, with no additional cost, Macmillan Learning will provide accessible materials such as instructor and student resources (e.g., lecture slides, quizzes, PDFs, etc.), and eBooks (or alternate book formats) to Accessibility/Disability Support Services offices for qualified instructors and students with disabilities and for instructors supporting students with disabilities.

Make a Request

We aim to respond to all customer requests within two to three business days and fulfill requests within five to ten business days. To obtain accessible materials, please review our accessibility partners’ sites below and/or visit the support site:

Access Text Network

An Accessibility Partner

For Higher Education requests only

Macmillan Learning is proud to partner with AccessText Network (ATN). AccessText Network is a clearinghouse for accessible files from all major higher education publishers. AccessText is a conduit between the publishing world and colleges and universities across the country, with a shared mission to ensure students with disabilities have equal access to their textbooks in an accessible format and in a timely manner. Accessible Texts may be ordered directly from Macmillan Learning or via AccessText Network.

When using ATN to acquire accessible textbooks, Macmillan recommends requesting EPUB3 as they are the most accessible version of digital textbooks. An EPUB is a file that contains and packages content (much like a .zip extension). It utilizes markup in HTML, XML, and CSS, and is the standard for accessible e-books. Macmillan provides DRM-free EPUBS to ATN. Accessibility metadata is included within each of our e-books and lists the features included for accessibility including a clearly defined reading order and page numbers within the metadata for easier navigation.

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An Accessibility Partner

Macmillan Learning is also proud to partner with Bookshare. Bookshare serves users around the world and ensures that content is available to people with print disabilities at the same time as their peers. Bookshare makes its services available, free of charge, to all qualifying students in the United States through an award from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Bookshare members may download Macmillan Learning textbooks in a compressed, encrypted file and can then read the material using adaptive technology or Braille access devices, such as refreshable Braille displays. Like with ATN, these are DRM-free ebooks as well.

Visit Bookshare

Support Community

Macmillan Learning

If you are unable to find the accessible materials you need from our partners, please click the button below to continue to our Instructor Support Community. For accessibility requests and questions, please select ‘Accessibility’ under the ‘Topic’ drop down after making a selection under ‘I am currently using’. When you make any accessibility request with Macmillan, we will never ask users about private information, such as medical records.

Contact Request Form

Trade Alternate Format Request

If you are looking for a title from any of our partners at, including:

  • Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • First Second
  • Henry Holt & Co.
  • Picador
  • St. Martin’s Press
  • Tor/Forge

please click the button below to fill out a Trade Alternate Format Request form.

Trade Request Form

Commitment to Change

At Macmillan Learning, accessibility is paramount. We are currently updating legacy content/materials while simultaneously implementing appropriate internal organizational changes to ensure that future products conform to the WCAG 2.1 AA guidelines.

Our commitment to accessibility extends farther than just within Macmillan Learning. Our staff are actively engaged in industry organizations such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) to stay up-to-date on developing accessibility standards and to promote accessibility throughout our industry.

In 2018, we formed an Accessibility Advisory Board where we discuss and problem solve accessibility issues that universities and students are experiencing on a daily basis. This advisory board has participants from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Queensborough Community College CUNY, College of New Rochelle, Rutgers University, Chattanooga State Community College, University of Colorado, California State University Northridge, Hofstra University, and Redford University.

In addition to working as quickly as possible to make our products and services accessible, we maintain a dedicated e-mail address ( to receive input on any accessibility issues. Macmillan Learning also supports and participates in national and international disability-focused initiatives as well as cultivates relationships with developers of assistive technology software, which is essential to evolving our product compatibility.

Commitment to Our Community

As a member of the international accessibility community, Macmillan Learning was honored to benefit from the knowledge and research of many skilled subject matter experts. There is a wealth of material available for learning about the creation of accessible products and Macmillan is enthusiastic about contributing to that open source library of materials in hopes that we can help others in their accessibility journey in the same way. In partnership with Tech For All, we have developed the following Guidelines and Checklists for creating accessible materials.


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Page last updated July 1st, 2020.