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Accessible Virtual Classrooms, Presentations, and Meetings

Course or keynote, on the remote platform of your choice

We’ve put together a comprehensive, powerful and memorable event, where attendees walk away with immediately applicable tips and techniques to make their remote and distance events accessible to all, whether in a classroom (distance or hybrid), conference, webinar, casual meeting, or a live stream.

We tailor this course to your preferred platform: Adobe Connect, Blackboard, D2L, Google Meet, GoToMeeting/GoToWebinar, InSpace, Microsoft Teams/Live Event, SAP, Saba, Uberconference, WebEx, Zoom/Zoom Webinar

Event Description

Much has been done and said about accessible webpages and documents, but virtual education and work remains a challenge, and more urgently than ever. The challenges impact the presenter interface, the audience experience, as well as for the Powerpoint and other material being presented by the presenter. Effective distance platforms are technologically challenging for everyone, and often even more so for those with disabilities.

Good news though: the accessible virtual space is fully possible, and that include preparation, pre-event communications, registration, LMS, collaborative tools… as well as post-event evaluation, sharing and reporting. We can accommodate (and delight) everyone. And we’d love to show you how.

David and his experts will de-mystify for you how you can delight your entire virtual audience while conforming to regulations regarding accessibility for people with disabilities. He’ll even surprise you by showing you how, by doing so, we can often reduce our total cost and effort while creating better experiences for all.

Not only will you comply with the standards (AODA, WCAG, Revised Section 508,…): you’ll be broadening the audience for your content while enriching the experience of all learners. Now covering WCAG 2.0 and 2.1!

“Inspiring, engaging … techniques I can use.”

– Liv Stenersen, Government Administration Services, Oslo (Norway)

You’ll experience techniques you can use right away, as well as gain a whole new attitude towards how making virtual events accessible can also drive down Zoom fatigue. We’ll equip you with a thorough understanding of the best strategies to approach regarding what needs to be done and how.

“Excellent… knowledge I can use.”

– Sandra Clark, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Oslo (Norway)

“Focused and easy to follow.”

-Jason Hollett, gordongroup

“Great. He kept me listening and understanding.”

– Matthew Brunetti, Lixar IT

Each full-day participant leaves with a comprehensive 160+ page learning guide, detailing every relevant accessibility success criterion.

“Inspiring!”

– Morten Budeng, King Design

“Excellent.”

– Sylvie Nyman, Indian and Northern, Affairs Canada

 

What’s Wrong

Online engagement has moved from optional to mandatory. COVID-19 permanently changed how we work, how we meet, how we present, even how we relate to each other. But the platforms and procedures have not yet caught up in a way that truly includes everyone.

Although many professional presenters now create their events with an awareness of technical design issues, they are still experiencing difficulties with emerging accessibility standards and inadequate classroom tools. Many online events continue to be designed based on assumptions that don’t address the specific needs of people living with disabilities and difficulties and thus fail to deliver the promise of distance work and remote learning for all.

 

“Very good speaker – good sense of humour.”

– Johan Fong, House of Commons

“Entertaining.”

– Sjur Kristiansen, Telenor Telecommunications Group

“Eye-opening. Love your method of teaching.”

– Jean Descrochers, National Research Council

“I enjoyed it all.”

– Robert Hallat, Public Service Commission

“Right on target.”

– Marius Monsen, Reaktor ID

 

What Makes This Course Unique

Our course author, David Berman has worked on training in this topic for the Canada School of Public Service, Carleton University, and the Internet Institute. He has worked on the development of an accessible experience for over half a dozen distance platforms. He has completed online accessibility projects for many large organizations including Statistics Canada, the National Research Council, and IBM. He has been the project manager of numerous accessible online products, has developed strategy and design for CFIA, CRA, CMHC, Health Canada, Canadian Heritage, Industry Canada, and the International Space Station … as well as many private sector and non-profit organizations.

What You Will Learn

You will learn how to make your current sites more accessible by complying with current standards and guidelines. Specifically, you will learn:

  • why distance accessibility matters to all live participants, not just those with disabilities
  • assistive technologies we can typically use to mitigate these issues
  • examples of accessible online interaction
  • overview of laws and regulations (ACA, ADA, Revised Section 508, AODA, EN 301 549…) and how they apply to live events
  • W3C WCAG guidelines and which ones apply to live events
  • specific technologies and design techniques used to create accessible live events
  • how to avoid tradeoffs for the typical audience members
  • how to create accessible activities that remain intriguing and accessible for all
  • what to look for in your platform, LMS, and event management ecosystem

“Very good: made me think…”

– Bente Mollevik, Norwegian Savings Bank Association

“Great: very comprehensive. Touching on all aspects of accessibility.”

– Marc Iafelice, CFIA

“David really knows his topics. Very well done: got the point across in a way that can be apply to everyone.”

– Sean Strasbourg, CFIA

Goals

At the end of this event, you will:

  • know many techniques you can apply right away to make your events more accessible
  • have a comprehensive understanding of current W3C WCAG and current laws and regulations and how to meet them
  • be able to make informed decisions as to what degree to comply with accessibility standards
  • understand better the experience of those with disabilities participating or presenting in live events
  • know you’re doing the “right thing” by creating events that are accessible for all

“Excellent.”

– Steinar Sandum, Adax, Svelvik (Norway)

“Interesting content, really well delivered. Visual and engaging. Gives us a common language and approach.”

– Chris Cook, CFIA

What You Get

When David Berman Communications publicly hosts this course*, regular ticket holders receive:

  • a complimentary, comprehensive 160+ page learning guide, detailing every major accessibility guideline (also available separately for $97 with optional 1-on-1 distance coaching)
  • a thirty-minute one-on-one personal coaching tele-session with David within a month
  • the option to attend this course again in the future, as a refresherat no additional cost
  • the option to attend the first half on one date and the second half at a future date
  • money-back guarantee: if, after coaching and refresher, you don’t think you’ve got your money’s worth, we’ll refund your entire registration fee

(*If you are attending one of our courses hosted by another organization, confirm which of these items apply.)
Register or call 1-613-728-6777… or bring this event to your site: for a keynote, half-day, or full-day event, customized for your group.

Choose your date and register now

Prerequisites: None

David Berman in Oslo
Berman speaks on accessibility in Oslo, Norway

– Steve Doody, Justice Canada

“This will make us better communicators.”

– Luc Bergeron, SSHRC

“Perfect.”

– Jean Leclair, Environment Canada

“Excellent: very engaging speaker.”

– Jean-Marc Mondoux, Elections Canada

About the Course Author

David Berman is the principal of David Berman Communications. He has over 25 years of experience in graphic design and strategic communications.

David was appointed a high-level advisor to the United Nations on how universal design and accessible IT can help fulfill the Millennium Development Goals more rapidly.

In 2013, The World Wide Web Foundation had David personally audit the accessibility of benchmark Web sites from over 40 countries for their global report on the state of the Web.

He is a member of the ISO standards committee on accessible PDF documents.

His book (Do Good Design, Pearson/Peachpit, 2009) about how design can be used to create a more just world speaks about universal design and accessibility, and is now available in 4 languages, as well as braille.

He has worked extensively in adapting the printed word for electronic distribution, including software interface development.

He has much experience as a senior consultant in applying accessibility and standards to government Web sites, as well as to private sector clients such as IBM and the Bank of Montreal, both as a strategist and compliance testing/coaching leader. He regularly teaches accessibility principles as part of his professional development workshops, and developed custom workshops for the National Research Council and Ontario’s largest school board. His plain writing, design, and accessibility work include award-winning projects for the City of Ottawa, the Ontario government, and Canada’s federal government. Clients include Justice Canada, Canada Revenue Agency, Health Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the Region of Ottawa-Carleton and the Ontario Literacy Coalition.

David’s opinions have been featured in the Financial Post, the Globe And Mail, the Ottawa Citizen, the Montreal Gazette, Marketing, Applied Arts, HOW, and Communication Arts magazines, as well as ABC and CBS.

David ranks #1 on speakerwiki.org on this topic for a reason. His arc as an internationally-celebrated expert speaker has brought him to over 30 countries. He is a National Professional Member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) and the Global Speakers Federation (GSF).

David is currently Ethics Chair of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, was named a Fellow (the highest professional honour for graphic designers in Canada) in 1999, and has served as a director and sustainability chair of Icograda, the world body for graphic and communications design.

Who Should Attend

  • administrators
  • writers, content owners and editors of course material
  • graphic and instructional designers who work on eleaning products
  • software developers who construct distance event applications
  • quality control team members
  • managers who need to get their events compliant with current and future regulations

Language:

English or French available on-site.

Duration:

One-day course, half-day course, or keynote presentation (we provide this course tailored or customized on-site for your organization).

To be notified via e-mail of when we schedule new instances of this topic, subscribe to our enews.

“Wonderful handout! The way extra information, like links and explanations, is included works beautifully.”

– Elizabeth Strand, Making Waves, Oslo (Norway)

“Very understandable and fun.”

– Liz Breines, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Oslo (Norway)

“Highly valuable.”

– Maureen Quirouet, Parliament of Canada

“Excellent.”

– Sylvie Nyman, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

“Excellent storytelling. Thanks!”

– Sarah Rosenbaum, Norwegian Knowledge Centre for Health Services

“Makes you feel you are part of the course.”

– Arup Ghosh, BMO Financial Group (Bank of Montreal)

“Excellent, eye-opening, and not preachy!”

– Carrie Walker-Boyd, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

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Reviewed October 24, 2013

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“Really enjoyed your session.”

– Jim Dixon

“I love David’s approach.”

– Carole Dubuc, Canadian Armed Forces

 

“Really enjoyed your session.”

– Jim Dixon

“I love David’s approach.”

– Carole Dubuc, Canadian Armed Forces

 

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November 18, 2021 Online David Berman Communications Starting from $199 CAD
November 12, 2020 Online David Berman Communications Starting from $249 CAD
November 26, 2019 Online David Berman Communications Starting from $249 CAD
June 13, 2019 Online David Berman Communications Starting from $249 CAD
December 5, 2018 Online David Berman Communications Starting from $249 CAD
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November 15, 2017 Online David Berman Communications Starting from $249 CAD
June 14, 2017 Online David Berman Communications (sponsored by CPL, RGD, Editors Canada) TBA
May 19, 2017 Ottawa, ON David Berman Communications TBA
April 3 – 5, 2017 Australia W4A TBA
May 11, 2017 Online The Institute for Performance and Learning TBA
February 14, 2017 Ottawa, ON BioTalent Canada TBA
November 3 – 5, 2016 Wellington, New Zealand Clarity 2016
Sept 14, 2016 Online eXplorance Free
August 17, 2016 Ottawa, ON Spruce Creative TBA
June 29, 2016 Toronto, ON Attend online or in person at OCAD University IDRC, 49 McCaul, Toronto
in The Red Lab, room
$299-625
June 18, 2016 Reno, Nevada TypeWell, in conjunction with the TECHWell 2016 Conference $299-650
May 20, 2016 Ottawa, ON Carleton University $299-625
Tue May 10, 2016 National Press Club, Washington, DC Center for Plain Language $250 USD
Spring 2016, (date tba) Dublin Ireland TBA TBA
November 20, 2015
(postponed)
Vancouver (Downtown)
SFU Downtown Campus
West Hastings Street
NL Thompson Associates $299-597
November 19, 2015
(postponed)
Victoria (Downtown),
Harbour Towers Hotel and Suites
345 Quebec Street
NL Thompson Associates $299-597
October 15, 2015 Ottawa, ON Art Beyond Sight Conference
October 12, 2015 Dublin, Ireland National Disability Authority private
October 2, 2015 (postponed) TBA David Berman Communications $299-597
October 1, 2015 Ottawa, ON Webinar: 11½ Free Tools for Testing Website Accessibility Free & available online
August 8 Toronto Keynote at Accessibility Innovation Showcase, Parapan Am Games Free
July 9, 2015 (postponed) Ottawa, ON TBA $299-597
June 29, 2015 Toronto, ON OCAD University IDRC, 49 McCaul, Toronto
in The Red Lab, room number 4904
$299-625
June 17, 2015 Ottawa, ON Webinar: Demystifying WCAG 2.0 Free & available online
April 25, 2015 (Tentative) Brussels, Belgium Inspirit and David Berman TBA
January 15, 2015 Ottawa, ON Webinar: Spotlight on Digital Accessibility for Your Marketing Campaign Free
January 14, 2015 Ottawa, ON Webinar: Solving Web Accessibility: Leaving No One Behind Free
December 2, 2014 Toronto, ON 108 Ideaspace

 

$357-697
November 10, 2014 Brussels, Belgium TBA TBA
November 5 or 8, 2014 Toronto, ON TBA TBA
October 9, 2014 Toronto, ON David Berman Communications $299-597
Wed July 16, 2014 (postponed) Ottawa, ON Carleton University $299-597
July 12-15, 2014 Ottawa Convention Centre, Ottawa, ON International Summit on Accessibility 2014 TBA
May 26, 2014 Bergen, Norway Den Norske Dataforenings Servicekontor NOK 1000£ – 4450£
May 20, 2014 Queensway Carleton Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario David Berman Communications $299-$597
Fri December 13, 2013 Montreal, QC eXplorance Inc by invitation
November 2013 (tentative) Toronto, ON TBA TBA
Fri November 8, 2013 City Hall, Toronto, ON DesignThinkers 2013 $299-597
Fri November 1, 2013 Room 2228, River Building,
Carleton University,
Ottawa, ON
David Berman Communications $299-597
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Carleton University
Ottawa, ON
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Ottawa, ON
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Thur October 25, 2012 Ottawa, ON OCDSB / T-Base Communications private
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Tue-Wed July 17-18, 2012 Niagara Falls, ON Web Accessibility Matters private
Mon May 14, 2012 (morning) Delta Hotel, Winnipeg, MB Manitoba Libraries Conference $65-$130
Wed May 9, 2012 Strathcona Hotel, Toronto, ON T-Base Communications $549-$649
Tue May 8, 2012 (all day) Strathcona Hotel, Toronto, ON David Berman / T-Base Communications $549-649
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Tue April 23, 2012 (all day) Hotel Pennsylvania, New York City, NY David Berman / T-Base Communications $549-649
Fri March 23, 2012 Adobe Canada, Ottawa T-Base Communications $549-649
Fri March 23, 2012 (Accessible PDF by Design – related all day course) Adobe Canada, Ottawa David Berman / T-Base Communications $549-649
Wed March 21, 2012 (7:00pm speech) Capital Hill Hotel, Ottawa, ON Editors Association of Canada, National Capital Chapter Free: EAC members, $10: non-members
Thurs March 9, 2012 Ottawa, ON Public Health Agency/T-Base Communications private event
Fri February 10, 2012 (morning) Ottawa, ON Canada Revenue Agency private
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Mon-Tue January 9-10, 2012 Toronto, ON BMO / T-Base Communications private
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Thu November 23, 2011 Ottawa, ON National Research Council private
Wed November 3, 2011 Ottawa, ON National Research Council private
Wed October 5, 2011 Lord Elgin Hotel, Ottawa, ON David Berman / T-Base Communications $319-595
Fri September 27, 2011 Webinar Environments for Humans $179
Fri September 9, 2011 Indigo Hotel, Ottawa, ON Correctional Service Canada private
Thu August 18, 2011 Adobe headquarters, Ottawa, ON David Berman Communications /RGD Ontario $249-495
Fri June 17 2011 Adobe headquarters, Ottawa, ON David Berman Communications /RGD Ontario $249-495
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Tue March 29, 2011 Ottawa, ON CFIA HR by invitation
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March 2010 Montreal, PQ eXplorance Inc. by invitation
Wed October 28, 2009 Beijing, China Icograda World Congress 2009 see host site
Thu April 30, 2009 San Francisco, CA Voices That Matter Web Design Conference speaker breakfast
Thu April 2, 2009 Delhi, India World Summit Award Grand Jury by invitation
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*Discount packages for non-profits, and travel subsidies available. Additional discounts available for groups over 3 people. Call (613) 728-6777 for details.

All prices, offerings, and dates subject to change without notice.

To register for a course given by our own organization, register online or call (613) 728-6777.

Event Schedule (all events)

*Discount packages for non-profits, and travel subsidies available. Additional discounts available for groups over 3 people. Call (613) 728-6777 for details.

All prices, offerings, and dates subject to change without notice.

To register for a course given by our own organization,register online or call (613) 728-6777.

Event Schedule (all events)

Resources

RESOURCES FOR ATTENDEES

For the convenience of course attendees, we provide this list of hypertext links and books cited in this course’s learning guide roughly in the order they appear in the course and learning guide:

Legislation, lawsuits, and standards

Canada
USA
Other countries
Global

Accessibility guidelines

Assistive technologies and techniques

Visual difficulties
Dexterity/mobility/motor difficulties

 

Hearing difficulties

iOS Accessibility

Android, Windows Phone Accessibility

WCAG 2.0 (including Success Criteria Level A and AA, in order)

Guideline 1.1: Text Alternatives
Guideline 1.2: Time-based Media
Guideline 1.3: Adaptable
Guideline 1.4: Distinguishable
Guideline 2.1: Keyboard Accessible
Guideline 2.2: Enough Time
Guideline 2.3: Seizures
Guideline 2.4: Navigable
Guideline 3.1: Readable
Guideline 3.2: Predictable
Guideline 3.3: Input Assistance
Guideline 4.1: Compatible, etc.

Testing tools for web and mobile

WCAG 2.1 (including the new Success Criteria Level A and AA, in order)

Document standards, techniques and testing

 

Instructional design software: Adobe Captivate

Instructional design software: Articulate Storyline

Instructional design software: other

Accessible virtual classroom platforms

Introduction to Online Learning and Accessibility

Accessible content management

White papers

Other accessibility links

 

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