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Web Accessibility Standards: What You Need To Know

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The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was passed in Ontario in 2005. Section 14 of the AODA outlines how organizations must develop and maintain their websites according to the World Wide Web Consortium’s accessibility guidelines (WCAG 2.0). The first milestone for conformance was January 2014, when websites of private companies with more than 50 employees were supposed to comply with Level A of WCAG 2.0. By January 2021, all websites must comply with Level AA.

With the growing popularity and demand for ebooks, it’s a critical period for publishers to ensure their products conform to the AODA’s Web accessibility standards. This seminar will cover an introduction to Web accessibility guidelines, the distinction between levels A and AA, and a live demonstration of the principles in action (how to ensure an accessible website/ebook using alternative text for images, colour, keyboard navigation, captioning, etc.). For those working within the publishing industry, this seminar offers a sound way to gauge where their company is in terms of Web accessibility and how far they need to go for full compliance. For freelance editors, it’s an introduction to what they need to be aware of as they work on Web-based products, like ebooks.

D'andrea Marisa D’Andrea has 15 years of experience in educational publishing at Pearson Canada, holding a range of positions from production editor and media content developer to technology delivery manager. Marisa has engaged in Web accessibility training and currently helps implement accessibility into Pearson’s current workflows.

Saturday, November 7
1 PM to 4 PM
Registration – $115 members, $140 non-members (HST extra)
Early registration (to October 24) – $100 members, $120 non-members (HST extra)
Victoria College, Room 211, Victoria University, University of Toronto
91 Charles Street West