Workshops – 2017 Accessibility Conference
Workshops are scheduled on Monday, May 29, 2017.
Please note, the computer labs on-campus are under construction. Accessible Word and PDF workshops will be offered again in 2018.
Workshop fees are calculated to cover the cost of instructors and delivery. Fees may vary between sessions.
- The Art and Science of Described and Integrated Described Video
- Writing for the Web: Accessibility and Best Practices
Workshops – Description and Schedule
The Art and Science of Described and Integrated Described Video
When discussing the topic of media accessibility, Described Video (DV) is often overlooked. Described video has been in existence for decades, yet has not been embraced in the same manner as closed captioning. The reality is, if making your media accessible to the widest audiences possible is your goal, and it should be, one cannot exist without the other.
Join us for a full day workshop, where we spend the first half-day exploring Described Video as a concept, why it’s important, and the art and science of being a DV practitioner.
In the second half of the workshop, we will introduce the concept of Integrated Described Video (IDV), an Accessible Media Inc (AMI) innovation where the description itself is integrated directly into the production itself, without reliance on secondary audio tracks.
In this workshop attendees will:
- Review the history of Described Video and its evolution
- Understand why DV is crucial to ensure truly accessible media
- Discover how to convey information through the use of sound
- Learn how to effectively leverage on screen text
- Gain valuable insights on how to effectively describe the settings for your audience
- Have the opportunity to try their hand at description
- Understand limitations of Described Video
- Be introduced to Integrated Described Video (IDV) and how it seeks to overcome potential limitations of traditional description
Note: Although this workshop is broken up into two distinct topics, IDV is an advanced topic that requires familiarity of the core concepts of traditional description. For maximum benefit, attendance in both portions is recommended.
Submit a media project for evaluation!
Anyone who plans to attend this workshop and would like to submit a video project for evaluation during the workshop, please submit a url to the video resource to Simone Cupid no later than May 1, 2017. Due to time constraints, only one submission can be selected and evaluated.
DV Specialist and Consultant
Simone Cupid is television producer with over 15 years experience. Specializing in accessible content, Simone values social justice and maximizing project potential.
As a Described Video Specialist and Consultant with Accessible Media Inc. (AMI), Simone has produced hundreds of hours of described film and television and contributed to AMI’s recognition as a world leader in broadcast accessibility.
Her roster of original productions includes Milestones of Champions, a documentary on Canadian Paralympic athletes; Canada in Perspective, a current affairs talk show; and Four Senses, a critically acclaimed cooking show, among others.
She also serves on the committee developing industry-wide standards for Described Video in Canada.
Accessible Media Inc (AMI), a not-for-profit Canadian broadcaster and global leader in the creation and evangelism of Described Video (DV). AMI describes 100% of all of its broadcast content, the only broadcaster of its kind across the world to do so.
Format: Attendees will have the opportunity to try describing during the workshop. Bring pen and paper, laptops, or note taking devices of your choice.
Schedule and Fee: Monday, May 29, 2017. You may register for the morning only (DV) or the whole day (DV and IDV).
- Described Video – 9:00 am to Noon
- Integrated Described Video – 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
- Morning Session (Described Video): $75.00 plus $9.75 HST = $84.75
- Morning and Afternoon Sessions (Described, and Integrated Described Video): $100.00 plus $13.00 HST = $113.00
Registration fee includes refreshment breaks and lunch if attending both sessions.
Writing for the Web: Accessibility and Best Practices
The Writing for the Web course is a half day seminar where users will learn how to properly write, format and tag web content for best practices, usability, and accessibility standards in Ontario. We know that users do not read or access web content the same way they do with printed text or other forms of writing. We cannot change the way a user reads a webpage; instead, we must change the way we display, format and present content to ensure that the user is finding what they are looking for and getting everything they need from content, every time. This course teaches best practices, accessibility standards, and how to use these tools in a way that actually makes web writing easier to do, and that makes the content more engaging, user-friendly and enjoyable for all users. Writing for the web isn’t about being technical, it’s about simplicity.
At the end of the session, attendees will be able to properly format, tag and write content for both web best practices and accessibility standards. They will be able to write content for the benefit of the end-user, no matter what kind of web page they are writing, and no matter how much or how little experience they have with writing in general or writing web content. They will be able to use these techniques and tips to audit and edit their current web content and to produce user-friendly, accessible and engaging new content.
Michelle Teichman has over 15 years of writing experience. She is the Web Content Strategist and a writer and editor at eSolutionsGroup. Michelle is also the Writing for the Web instructor, where she has taught thousands of people how to use simple writing solutions to avoid overly complex writing that loses readers in the clutter of unnecessary content. Michelle has an Honours Bachelor of Arts, Double Major, Creative Writing and English degree from York University.
Format: This workshop includes lecture and practical sessions. You will have the opportunity to work on your own documents. Bring a personal laptop and a file or two that you wish to work on
Schedule: Monday, May 29, 2017, 1:00 to 4:30 pm
Workshop Fee: $130.00 plus $16.90 HST = $146.90
Registration fee includes a refreshment break.
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