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eAccessibility: leaving no one behind online (keynote)

Leaving No One Behind Online

Now covering WCAG 2.0 and 2.1!

We’ve put together a comprehensive, powerful and memorable event, where attendees walk away with the memorable awareness to make their sites and documents accessible.

 

“One of the most inspiring speakers I have ever met. I enjoyed learning from him the entire morning and wish it would have been a full day”

– Cherrie Werestiuk-Evans, Government of Manitoba

“I thoroughly enjoyed David’s presentation and am thinking of so many uses for what I have learned… this was one of the most interesting and useful hours I’ve spent in 2016.”

– Carol Tobiassen, United Health Group

“Excellent facilitator… great presentation”

– Patricia Slatlen, Shaw Media

“David used real-life examples, got people up and interacting. It was an amazing experience”

– Andrew Davies, Shaw Media

“Very knowledgeable and charismatic. Made the talk about a somewhat dry subject very interesting, and he never faltered on a question.”

– Bjorn Ramroop, Loblaw Digital

“He’s so enthusiastic it’s contagious.”

– Collette Boisvert, Conference Board of Canada

Description

It used to be that the only way to comply with accessibility standards for persons with disabilities or difficulties was to publish content in HTML. One of the most exciting parts of the new Standard On Web Accessibility and WCAG is that it has become feasible for you to choose PDF as the only container for certain content on your Web site … but only if you know how. We’ve worked with industry leaders such as Adobe to put together this comprehensive and powerful course, where attendees walk away with immediately-applicable tips and techniques to make all their pages and sites more accessible.

De-mystify how to make online or offline Web and PDF accessible whether your source is Word, Excel, PowerPoint, InDesign… or existing PDF. Now covering WCAG 2.0 and 2.1!

Most adults suffer from some level of disability or difficulty that can be mitigated through accessible technologies. And when we design for the extremes, everyone benefits.

Not only will you comply with the standards (AODA, WCAG, Standard On Web Accessibility, Section 508, PDF/UA…): you’ll be broadening the audience for your content while enriching the experience of existing users, reduce your publishing costs, and also improve your search results.

Meet the new accessibility laws faster, and with no programming knowledge required. Broaden audiences, improve Google reach, while making sites accessible to all. Spend a day with David Berman or his colleagues, rated #1 on this topic in North America, and learn how to comply with new laws and WCAG guidelines on access for disabilities.

Whether you are new to accessibility and WCAG, or already familiar with WCAG, you’ll learn immediately-applicable tips and techniques in this powerful accessibility course.

This course incorporates adult learning principles and activities appropriate to a variety of learning styles, and qualifies for CEUs (certified by organizations such as PPAC).

Our course and manual contain everything you need to know in order to pass the CPACC certification examination.

“Inspiring, engaging … techniques I can use.”

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

“Easy to understand … passion for his topic…a great presenter…explained our issues in understandable ways.”

– Calline Au, Queensway Carleton Hospital, Ottawa

“The whole thing was incredible … amazing! We are better off knowing now what we didn’t know we didn’t know!”

– Tracy Noonan, Smiling Cat Design, Perth

“Helped me actually understand what we as an organization must do to mitigate.”

– Taylor Linseman, CHEO, Ottawa

“Great mix of humor and knowledge”

– Joy Moskovic, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Ottawa

We will equip you with arguments why accessibility is important for everybody, then provide in-depth familiarity with federal and international guidelines that will help your Web and PDF content be a more effective resource for your entire audience. You’ll also get familiar with assistive technologies that help people with specific disabilities and difficulties.

Canada’s federal government led the world when it first introduced its accessibility-centric CLF policy, now replaced with its Standard On Web Accessibility and Standard on Web Usability. Our full-day course includes a thorough review of every pertinent standard that apply to accessible Web and PDF, including other policies which call for WCAG 2.0 Level A and AA compliance (such as U.S. Section 508, ADA, and Ontario’s AODA). These new standards allow PDF to be your primary format, but only if your PDF is truly accessible. We’ll cover everything from tables to charts to fillable forms to free testing tools you can start using immediately.

Finally, you’ll venture into where accessibility meets usability. 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 day you will not only be aware of why accessibility and standards affect everyone: you’ll be equipped with a thorough understanding of the best strategies to approach what needs to be done and how, in order to drive down costs, increase reach, and improve SEO.

“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

“Great, easy to understand, not overwhelming.”

– Steve Wong, Olson

“The talk was very useful because technical details were not glossed over, and specific examples were used to demonstrate possible solutions.”

– Bjorn Ramroop, Loblaw Digital

Computer-mediated accessibility to information represents the greatest liberation in human history. Most people in our societies live with some amount of physical or mental difficulty, and that can stand in the way of clear communication if proper design steps are not taken.

Although most professional development teams now create their products with the latest responsive and platform issues in mind, they still experience difficulty meeting or exceeding meeting accessibility standards. And when they do, they often spend more time and effort than they need to reaching and maintaining their products to those standards. By not understanding why each standard or technique exists, they risk doing unnecessary work, making the site less attractive or useful to the mainstream audience … and with perhaps mediocre results for people living with disabilities.

 

“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

“He knows what to do! This will guide us for the AA Standards”

– Bassil Wehbe, Agriculture Canada

 

“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

“Excellent.”

– Steinar Sandum, Adax, Svelvik (Norway)

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

– Chris Cook, CFIA

“Although I am from a program with no technical background, this seminar will change the way we prepare/write/present documents, policies, directives, forms, etc for posting on the Web.”

– Sharon Drolet, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

 

“Clear and entertaining: will allow more strategic planning rather than just reactionary stumbling.”

– Steve Doody, Justice Canada

“This will make us better communicators.”

– Luc Bergeron, SSHRC

“Perfect.”

– Jean Leclair, Environment Canada

“Loved the examples. David is very engaging and knowledgeable facilitator. His passion is obvious. Will help me better evangelize.”

– Patrick Dunphy, CBC

“Excellent: very engaging speaker.”

– Jean-Marc Mondoux, Elections Canada

About our Expert Speakers

David Berman, the developer and trainer for all our course material and course leaders, is the principal of David Berman Communications.

David Berman has over 30 years of experience in design and communications and has worked extensively in e-accessibility and inclusive interface design. As an author (Do Good Design), expert speaker, designer, communications strategist, his professional work has brought him to over 50 countries.

In 2017, David was named to the AODA Standards Committee by the Government of Ontario, to help improve Ontario’s world-beating accessibility legislation.

David is an Invited Expert to the W3C, the publishers of the WCAG standard for e-accessibility. In 2015, he was made an International Advisor by the G3ICT, fitting with his work helping advise governments on four continents on establishing inclusive design policy. In 2015, he was named International Universal Design Champion for the Government of Ireland. In 2012, David was appointed chair of the Carleton Access Network at Carleton University. In 2009, David was appointed a high-level advisor to the United Nations on how accessible Web design thinking can help fulfill the Millennium Development Goals.

His clients include BMO, IBM, Honda, the International Space Station, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the World Bank, Sierra Club and the Aga Khan Foundation. David’s work includes award-winning projects in the application of plain language, typeface design, and the development of a system to republish the laws of Canada in plain writing and design.

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 6 languages, as well as braille.

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.

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 ico-D, the world body for graphic and communications design.

Who Should Attend

This course is targeted to all writers, editors, designers, programmers, developers involved in developing Web sites, documents, or new media projects.

  • communications professionals
  • writers
  • editors
  • content owners
  • word processors
  • graphic designers
  • instructional designers
  • software developers, mobile app and game developers
  • quality controllers
  • people who need to get their Web site compliant with current and future government accessibility standards (e.g. W3C WCAG, ADA, Section 508, AODA)
  • people who coordinate people who build Web sites

Language:

English or French available on-site.

Duration:

25 to 50 minute keynote, plus Q&A, always carefully customized for your audience and event

 

“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 5, 2018

Schedule

“Really enjoyed your session.”

– Jim Dixon

“I love David’s approach.”

– Carole Dubuc, Canadian Armed Forces

 

ACCESSIBILITY EVENTS LOCATION HOST/REGISTRATION FEE*
Day of your choice: Custom one-on-one or one-to-many Your place or our online classroom Let’s collaborate! Call us now TBA
December 5, 2018 Online David Berman Communications Starting from $249 CAD
June 13, 2018 Online David Berman Communications Starting from $249 CAD
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
Wed August 28, 2013 Carleton University David Berman Communications Free
Thu July 25, 2013 Carleton University David Berman Communications Free
Fri June 21, 2013 Room 2228,
River Building,
Carleton University
Ottawa, ON
David Berman Communications $299-597
Fri May 31, 2013 Carleton University David Berman Communications Free
Mon April 22, 2013 Cornwall, ON St. Lawrence College $390
Monday Apr 8 – 9, 2013 Toronto, ON St. Lawrence College $390
Wed February 27, 2013 Hamilton, ON David Berman / T-Base Communications $549-649
Fri February 22, 2013 Ottawa, ON David Berman Communications $354-649
Mon January 21, 2013 St Lawrence College, Kingston, ON St. Lawrence College $390
Thu January 10, 2013 London, ON David Berman / T-Base Communications $549-649
Thu December 13, 2012 Ottawa, ON Transportation Safety Board of Canada private
Thu November 22, 2012 River Building,
Carleton University
Ottawa, ON
David Berman Communications $354-649
Fri November 16, 2012 (postponed) Ottawa, ON David Berman Communications $549-649
Wed November 14, 2012 Ottawa, ON Ministère du Patrimoine canadien private
Thu November 8, 2012 Markham, ON David Berman / T-Base Communications $549-649
Wed November 7, 2012 Mississauga, ON David Berman / T-Base Communications $549-649
Fri October 26, 2012 Ottawa, ON OCDSB / T-Base Communications private
Thur October 25, 2012 Ottawa, ON OCDSB / T-Base Communications private
Wed October 17, 2012 Ottawa, ON OCDSB / T-Base Communications private
Tue October 9, 2012 (all day) (postponed) San Francisco, CA David Berman / T-Base Communications $549-649
Wed September 12, 2012 (all day) (postponed) Boston, MA David Berman / T-Base Communications $549-649
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
Thu May 3, 2012 (all day) Toronto, ON Accessible Media Inc. private
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
Thu January 19, 2012 (all day) Ottawa Convention Centre, Ottawa, ON David Berman / T-Base Communications $495-595
Mon-Tue January 9-10, 2012 Toronto, ON BMO / T-Base Communications private
Tue November 29, 2011 (all day) Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON David Berman / T-Base Communications SOLD OUT
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
Thu April 7, 2011 Ottawa Public Library, Ottawa, ON RGD Ontario $395-495
Tue March 29, 2011 Ottawa, ON CFIA HR by invitation
Thu February 17, 2011 Ottawa, ON CFIA Public Affairs by invitation
Wed April 14, 2010 Ottawa, ON David Berman Communications $495
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
Thu November 13, 2008 Ottawa, ON David Berman Communications $495
Mon July 6, 2008 Daegu Exhibition Conference Centre, Daegu, Korea Icograda Design Week in Daegu 2008 see host site
Tue April 29, 2008 Ottawa, ON David Berman Communications $495
Thu March 13, 2008 Tunney’s Pasture, Ottawa, ON Statistics Canada private event
Tue February 19, 2008 Tunney’s Pasture, Ottawa, ON Health Canada private event
Wed November 7, 2007 Minto Business Centre, Ottawa, ON David Berman Communications $495
Thu November 9, 2006 Minto Business Centre, Ottawa, ON David Berman Communications $495
Thu February 16, 2006 Minto Business Centre, Ottawa, ON David Berman Communications SOLD OUT
Tue December 6, 2005 Oslo, Norway Norwegian Design Council SOLD OUT
Thu October 20, 2005 Minto Business Centre, Ottawa, ON David Berman Communications SOLD OUT
Thu June 9, 2005 Minto Business Centre, Ottawa, ON David Berman Communications $495
Tue December 22, 2004 Tunney’s Pasture, Ottawa, ON Health Canada private event

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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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