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2017 June 14 – Accessibility course

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The New Standard on Accessibility: WCAG 2 …Web, Office, InDesign, PDF

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June 14, 2017

13:00  – 16:50 ET (North American Eastern Time)


World class speaker on accessibility

David Berman

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  1. Why should we care?
  2. What are the challenges people face?
  3. What assistive technologies close the gaps?
  4. What are the standards?  Demystifying the acronyms…
    1. ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act
    2. Section 508
    3. AODA: Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (the World’s strongest and where USA is going)
    4. Standard on Web Accessibility
    5. PDF/UA: the accessibility standard for PDF
    6. WCAG: the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
  5. What do you need to know about the WCAG 2.0 success criteria?
  6. How do professionals in your industry comply with every success criteria, without tradeoffs?
  7. What are the testing tools to confirm you’re meeting or exceeding the standards?
  8. What else should you consider? Level AAA, email, social media, etc.
  9. Q&A until we run out of questions!

About the course

David Berman will convince you why universal design is important for everybody; to broaden your audience, to comply with the law, to drive down costs, or simply to be socially responsible. He will also provide in-depth familiarity with W3C WCAG 2.0 success criteria, as well as ADA, Section 504/508 and AODA requirements.

Knowing how to follow the guidelins will result in your webpages and documents be more effective resources for your entire audience… including your most frequent visitor: Google. You’ll also gain familiarity with the assistive technologies that help people with specific disabilities and difficulties.

Not only will you leave with ideas you can use right away, you may also gain a whole new attitude towards how technology can improve lives. By the end of the event you will not only be aware of why accessibility and standards affect everyone: you’ll be equipped with an understanding of what you need to do, and how to do it best.


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For whom will this course be useful?

  • Management
  • Writers
  • Editors
  • Translators
  • Graphic designers
  • UX/Interaction designers
  • Developers
  • Project managers

About David Berman

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Expert Speaker on Web Accessibility


David Berman is one of fewer than 100 people globally to hold CPACC certification, the World’s only certification for accessibility professionals. (In fact, he was the first person in Canada to take the exam!) This certification is issued by the US-based IAAP (International Association of Accessibility Professionals). IAAP is a division of G3ICT, for which David is an International Advisor.

David has over 30 years of experience in design and communications, and has worked extensively in the adaptation of content for electronic distribution, including accessible Web and software interface development.

He was contracted by Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web Foundation to audit online accessibility in over 40 countries for the annual theWebIndex.org benchmark report.

As author (Do Good Design [Peachpit/Pearson, 2009/2013]), expert speaker, designer, communications strategist, and accessibility consultant, his professional work has brought him to over 30 countries.

In 2009, David was appointed a high-level advisor to the United Nations on how accessible Web design can help fulfill the Millennium Development Goals.

In 2015, he was named an Invited Expert to W3C, the authors of WCAG 2.0. The same year he was appointed International Universal Design Champion for the Government of Ireland.

David is a member of the ISO committee for accessible PDF (PDF/UA), and an International Advisor for G3ICT.

He regularly teaches WCAG accessibility as part of his professional development workshops. His work includes award-winning projects for the City of Ottawa, the Ontario government, and Canada’s federal government.

David has provided consultancy, training and testing to IBM, the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services’ AODA office, and the Norwegian Design Council on accessibility issues, and has worked on over 20 federal websites where such an appreciation is mandatory. He has provided design and consulting work for the International Space Station, Justice Canada, Health Canada, The World Bank, the Sierra Club, Statistics Canada, Canada Revenue Agency, Treasury Board Secretariat, and the Ontario Literacy Coalition, as well as extensive work involving applying accessibility guidelines to large government websites.

David is chair of Carleton University Carleton Access Network on accessible IT, and has provided accessibility training and consulting to schools across Ontario.

In 2000, David was elected Vice-President of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, and is currently the national Ethics Chair. He is a past Vice-President and current Sustainability Chair of Icograda, the world body for graphic design. He was the first elected President of the Registered Graphic Designer of Ontario, who holds an official role in the deployment of accessibility standards in Ontario.

David Berman’s full biography


Regular class ticket Economy class ticket
$330 CAD / $250 US
(or $290 CAD*)
$249 CAD
Half-day seat Yes Yes
160+ page learning e-guide Yes Yes
Course certificate Yes
Cancellation privileges Yes
Telecoaching Yes
Busy bee option Yes

*CAD$40 discount for Early Tiger registration (at least 28 days before course).

**$81 Discount for members of professional organizations who help us get the word out, including CapCHI, CNIB, CMA, CPRS, EAC, GDC, IABC, IxDA, IPL, PPPC, PWAC, and RGD and for clients of our marketing partners for this workshop.

CPL, RGD, and Editors Canada members: get an even better deal… contact them for your discount codes!

***All prices in Canadian dollars.

****Discounts only apply to regular class tickets


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Reviewed January 10, 2017