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Accessibility at Frankfurter Buchmesse

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We want Frankfurter Buchmesse to be accessible to all and to be an unforgettable experience. On this page you can find information for people with disabilities who are planning to visit Frankfurter Buchmesse.

During the book fair week, a number of events related to accessible publishing and reading take place. Furthermore, events with sign language interpreters take place at Frankfurter Buchmesse.

Accessibility information

Tickets

Reduced tickets for people with disabilities
People with a degree of disability of at least 50 can purchase discounted tickets. See here

Disabled visitors with companion
Persons in wheelchairs or disabled persons who require an accompanying person (feature "B" on the German disabled person's pass) will be admitted free of charge for themselves and their companion on presentation of their disabled person's pass.

Assistance with orientation

Visitors who - for example due to a visual impairment - have difficulties with orientation or need other assistance, will be accompanied personally around the grounds for up to two hours. If you need assistance, please send us an e-mail in advance to servicecenter@buchmesse.de. If you need assistance at short notice, please contact one of the information stands on site. Depending on availability, we can also provide spontaneous assistance.

Disability-friendly toilets

Toilets for the disabled are located in all halls. The required "European WC key" is available from the respective hall manager or can be purchased at the Business Center in the Torhaus for 25 euros.

Rental of wheelchairs and electric scooters

Rental of wheelchairs and electric scooters (by the day, 50 euros deposit):
First-aid station Hall 4.0 South/West, entrance Operation and Security Center (OSC).
Telephone reservation required in advance: +49 (0) 69 7575-6500.

Access and parking

Parking spaces will be reserved for exhibitors with limited mobility in the immediate vicinity of the hall entrances (on request via the information hotline for people with disabilities, see below).
Mobility-impaired visitors with an AG certificate (exceptionally walking-impaired) can enter via Gate North and will be allocated a parking space by the staff there.
Taxis that transport people with walking disabilities and the corresponding feature on their severely disabled pass may enter the exhibition grounds.

Further information and Messe Frankfurt hotline

Further information at Messe Frankfurt, at all information stands or via the Messe Frankfurt Venue GmbH information hotline for people with disabilities. Phone: +49 (0) 69 7575-6999 E-mail: barrier-free@messefrankfurt.com

Information about the awareness team

An awareness team, consisting of employees of the German Association for Anti-Discrimination and Educational Work (BDB), will be on duty throughout the Book Fair. The team is located in the foyer of Hall 4.0. Visitors who are harassed or notice that another person is being harassed are encouraged to report this immediately - to the Awareness Team, Book Fair staff or the security staff on site. So that everyone feels comfortable here, we are here to support you if you are excluded, threatened, insulted or humiliated in the context of the Frankfurt Book Fair due to your assumed belonging to a group.
More information here.

Whether you are in a wheelchair or with a pram, you will find important information for your barrier-free visit to the Frankfurt exhibition grounds on Messe Frankfurt's service map.

Accessible Publishing: Watch our 2022 Frankfurt Studio event highlight in our media library

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Accessibility in action: three challenges for the publishing industry

Watch in our media library | Wednesday, 19 October 2022, 3–4 pm, Frankfurt Studio, hall 4.0 (room Europa)

In light of the forthcoming European Accessibility Act, the adoption of the ‘Born accessible’ principle is nowadays on the agenda of all the publishing companies operating in Europe and worldwide. Publishers and all the players in the value chain are working to incorporate accessibility into digital mainstream production and distribution channels, thus providing the same titles to everyone, in the same places and in the same times.

Watch in our media library | Wednesday, 19 October 2022, 3–4 pm, Frankfurt Studio, hall 4.0 (room Europa)

In light of the forthcoming European Accessibility Act, the adoption of the ‘Born accessible’ principle is nowadays on the agenda of all the publishing companies operating in Europe and worldwide. Publishers and all the players in the value chain are working to incorporate accessibility into digital mainstream production and distribution channels, thus providing the same titles to everyone, in the same places and in the same times.

Thanks to the participation of accessibility experts working in the field, the seminar will focus on three key aspects of accessibility:

  • Born accessible publications vs conversion of digital publications;
  • Image descriptions: how authors and publishers can provide meaningful descriptions for all images;
  • How to distribute accessibility metadata in the value chain.

Participants:

Cristina Mussinelli, Secretary General Fondazione LIA
Stacy Scott, Accessibility Manager Taylor & Francis
Mélissa Haquenne, Product Manager Cantook Publishing


Chaired by:

Porter Anderson, Editor in Chief Publishing Perspective

Organised by Fondazione LIA in collaboration with Federation of European Publishers, International Publishers Association and Frankfurter Buchmesse, in the framework of Aldus Up, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

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