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Creating Accessible Websites with David Berman

David Berman to speak about major role for editors in meeting Ontario deadlines for accessible websites

“The global push to make the web accessible: what the new laws on web accessibility mean for editors” will be the topic of an upcoming presentation by David Berman for EAC-NCR. Berman, a graphic designer, strategist, web designer and plain language advocate, is a consultant to the United Nations, governments, businesses and nonprofit organizations.

The world is moving to make websites accessible. It will soon be law for websites on servers in many places. Websites of governments, organizations and businesses in Ontario must soon be accessible to those with visual, hearing or other disabilities. A set of rolling deadlines for different sectors started on January 1, 2012, under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The Canadian government has started down the same path with a similar standard.

“In Ottawa, the biggest opportunity may also lie for many in the new federal government standards for accessibility which are similar to those of the Ontario government,” Berman said.

Regulations in the U.S. under Section 508 will also be implementing the same accessibility standard, WCAG 2.0 level AA, at first on federal government websites. U.S. business websites are likely to follow suit. There are similar laws or regulations in Australia, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, according to the Web Accessibility Initiative at http://www.w3.org/WAI/Policy/

Editors can play a key role in making this happen. How? Come to the EAC-NCR meeting on March 21 and find out!

Wednesday, March 21: Come at 7:00 p.m. to socialize or 7:30 to hear the presentation 
Capital Hill Hotel & Suites, 88 Albert St., Laurier Room
Admission: Free for EAC members; $10 for non-members