Updates, Events, and Announcements
Late 2016 Conference Appearances
Inclusive’s team of experts presented at events such as the STARCanada Software Testing Conference (Oct 27, Hyatt Regency Toronto), Open Web (Nov 2, Waterloo Region Museum), and Accessibility Camp Toronto 2016 (Nov 5, OCAD University)
Accessibility Orgs Merged
posted: July 20, 2016The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (or "G3ict") announced today that they will be acquiring the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP). As an advocacy initiative launched in late 2006 by the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development with the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the G3ict's guidance may bring renewed respect and relevance to the membership-based IAAP.
For more info, visit their press release.
The Accessibility Conference 2016
Inclusive presented several times again this year at Canada’s largest inclusive design-oriented event where community members of the design-development, usability, and accessibility communities interact and learn from each other. Hosted by the University of Guelph on May 30-31, this year's theme was "Realizing the vision of the AODA."
Inclusive partners in Broadcasting Media Fund initiative
The Broadcasting Accessibility Fund has announced first-round funds to support an innovative, inclusive journalism program to launch at Mohawk College in Hamilton. Inclusive has been tapped as advisors in helping to shape the new curriculum.
5th Anniversary of a11ycampTO – OCADU, Toronto – Oct 17
Accessibility Camp TO (otherwise known as a11ycampTO) is coming! Visit www.accessibilitycampto.org
A few days earlier at OCADU, DEEP 2015 – Designing Enabling Economies & Policies – Oct 14-15 hosted by the Inclusive Design Research Centre. Visit deep.idrc.ocadu.ca
7th Annual Accessibility Conference, Guelph – May 26-27, 2015
Inclusive will once again be at Canada’s largest inclusive design-oriented event at which core members of the design-development, usability, and accessibility communities interact and learn from each other…. Visit www.accessconf.ca
The Accessibility Conference 2014
Inclusive presented several times again this year at Canada’s largest inclusive design-oriented event where community members of the design-development, usability, and accessibility communities interact and learn from each other.
AODA Compliance: Are You Ready?
Co-founder Rob Harvie and web audit team lead Sandy Feldman presented on the Web Accessibility Requirement, September 26th at the Allstream Centre. Rob continued on in an animated panel alongside Dean Walker (Executive Director, Ontario Association of the Deaf), Jackie VanDerMeulen (Associate Labour and Employment, Heenan Blaikie LLP), Mark Wafer (President, Megleen-Treadstone Tim Hortons) and Wendy Bircher (President, proLearning Innovations).
Achieving the Promise of the AODA: The Initial Vision, the Role of Consumer Advocacy, and the Economic Opportunity
Co-founder Charles Silverman orchestrated a panel discussion at Ryerson’s Chang School on Sept 28th.
David Lepofsky, Marie Bountrogianni, and Jutta Treviranus shared their insights on “Achieving the Promise of the AODA: The Initial Vision, the Role of Consumer Advocacy, and the Economic Opportunity”.
About the Speakers:
David Lepofsky is a lawyer, author, lecturer, motivator, and leading advocate for disability issues and rights. His work with men and women with disabilities, and with organizations and governments, led to the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. David was awarded the Order of Ontario in January 2008.
Dr. Marie Bountrogianni is a former Ontario cabinet minister, past president and executive director of the Royal Ontario Museum Board of Governors, an educational psychologist, and distinguished visiting scholar at the The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University. Currently, Marie is the Interim Dean at The Chang School. During her time in office, Marie was instrumental in authoring and passage of the legislation for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), which established Ontario as a world leader in accessibility legislation.
Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC), an internationally recognized center of expertise in digital inclusion. She has played a leading role in developing accessibility legislation and international standards and specifications, including the W3C Authoring Tools Accessibility Guidelines, the IMS AccessForAll specifications, ISO accessibility standards, and the AODA Information and Communication standard. Together with the Martin Prosperity Institute, Jutta and her team conduct research regarding the economic impact of the AODA and an inclusive design industry in Ontario. She is a professor at OCAD University, where she founded and directs an innovative graduate program in inclusive design.
Another Great Year at Guelph!
With some fifty hours of live remote captioning and four talks behind us (phew!), we had a great time at the 5th Guelph Accessibility Conference this past May 28 - 29. Our team provided live continuous remote captioning for five concurrent sessions across two days, and gave the following talks (in exchange for honey):
- Rethinking Realtime Captioning as an Interactive Environment for Access and Learning
- Meeting AODA Information and Communication Compliance in Higher Education
- A DIY Approach to Video Description for Classroom Accommodation
- AODA-Compliant Sites - How To Tell Who Can Make One
Conferences: Heads Up for Inclusion (HUI) Conference
We gave a talk on “Providing Accessible Media in the Classroom: Current and Pending Legislations” at the “Inclusion: Creating Caring and Accessible Communities” conference at Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario this coming April 26-27, 2013. See Heads Up for Inclusion (HUI) for more information.
Inclusive Projects: 2012 Abilities Arts Festival
This past September, Inclusive worked with Abilities Art Festival, adding captions for several videos about disability media that were screened at the Carlton Cinema. We also provided captions for AAF’s ‘Podplays’ during Nuit Blanche. The Podplays were a series of personal narratives tied to various streets and routes along Queen Street.
Inclusive Projects: The TeachAble Project Videos
The TeachAble Project turned to us to provide English and French captions and sign language (ASL and LSQ) for the videos posted on their web site. The site focuses on creating full accessibility in learning environments.