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January 2013 Program

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Accessibility: Best Practices and Cool Tools

Although we live in the information age, the tools and technologies that provide a gateway to resources, services, education, and commerce are not available to a significant number of individuals in our society—only 5% of printed materials are currently available in alternate formats, while less than 1% of websites are accessible.

At the Toronto branch meeting on Monday, January 28, accessibility consultants from CNIB will give us an overview of accessibility resources. Debbie Gillespie and John Lalley will share best practices, important definitions, and cool tools. Bring your questions!

As always, the program will be followed by coffee, tea, cake, and conversation with colleagues. We hope you will join us.

debbie  Debbie Gillespie (pictured with her dog Nike) is an all-round information hound. Her need to know constantly drives her to learn and investigate. She believes knowledge equals empowerment, which enables people to make informed decisions that affect their daily lives.

As an accessibility consultant at CNIB, Debbie’s primary focus is on digital accessibility and advocacy, and she’s responsible for evaluating and testing both hardware and software products for accessibility as well as other advocacy initiatives. She has been using various screen readers and braille displays for over 30 years.

Debbie sits on the GO Transit Advisory Committee and is a member of the Toronto Disability Issues Committee. She regularly gives presentations on accessibility and advocacy to all levels of government as well as private corporations.

Read Debbie’s CNIB blog posts HERE.
 lalley John Lalley is a dynamic and innovative digital professional with expertise in web accessibility, e-marketing, web design, usability, interactive media, mobile, social media, and search engine optimization (SEO). He is especially passionate about the universal accessibility that the Internet has to offer, mobile marketing and commerce, and developing adaptive technology.  

John was thrilled to join CNIB in December 2011 to help make a difference in the lives of Canadians with vision loss. He came to CNIB from a major financial institution where he was a one-person digital army, managing all e-business initiatives for a twelve-portfolio business, as well as driving a rigorous, multi-site compliance vulnerability assessment and remediation process.  

John is a Juno award-winning musician and an avid kitesurfer.

Read John’s CNIB blog posts HERE.


Event Details
Women’s Art Association, 23 Prince Arthur Avenue
7:00 PM Q & A (for new and prospective members)
7:30 PM Program
9:00 PM Mix-and-Mingle

$10 for non-members
Free for members and for non-member students who show ID

Dinner at the Bedford Academy
Everyone is welcome to come to the Bedford Academy (36 Prince Arthur Avenue) for dinner and drinks before the program. You will find us in the lounge area or on the second floor at 6:00 PM—or a little earlier if you can make it.