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The New Standard on Accessibility: WCAG 2.0 … Web, Office, InDesign, PDF

Whitney Peak Hotel

255 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501, USA

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Event Description

Due to low enrollment, we are sorry to inform you that this post-conference Saturday course has been canceled.
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David Berman will convince you why accessibility and standards are important for everybody: to broaden your audience, to comply with the law, to drive down costs, or simply to be socially responsible. He will also provide in-depth familiarity with W3C WCAG 2.0 success criteria. These guidelines will help your Word, PowerPoint, Excel, InDesign, video, sound, or PDF documents and Web presence be more effective resources for your entire audience, in your classroom or on the Web ... including your most frequent visitor: Google. You’ll also gain familiarity with the assistive technologies that help people with specific disabilities and difficulties.

David's courses include a thorough review of all pertinent standards to comply with international and government federal or regional policies (such as the United States ADA and Section 508 (the Refresh), Canada’s Standard on Web Accessibility, Ontario’s AODA, Norway’s Section 14, Illinois’ IITAA, the EU’s Mandate M 376, Australia’s IPS, New Zealand’s NZGWS 2.0, France’s RGAA 2.2.1, and Germany’s BITV 2).

Video transcript

IMPORTANT NOTE: We made a mistake! We (TypeWell) chose a ticketing site without first verifying that it had the necessary accessibility features for individuals who use screen readers. Just like you, we still have a lot to learn about accessibility, which is why Mr. Berman's course is so important. 

Please accept our sincere apologies for this oversight. We're working with the folks at Ticketbud to resolve the problem. 

To register by phone, please call the event organizer, Kate Ervin, toll-free at (844) 897-3935.

Who Should Attend

This course is targeted to all writers, editors, designers, programmers, developers involved in developing Web sites, online courses, documents, or new media projects.

  • communications professionals

  • writers

  • editors

  • content owners

  • word processors

  • graphic designers

  • instructional designers

  • software developers, mobile app and game developers

  • quality controllers

  • people who need to get their Web site compliant with current and future government accessibility standards (e.g. W3C WCAG 2.0, Section 508, AODA)

  • people who coordinate people who build Web sites

This course incorporates adult learning principles and activities appropriate to a variety of learning styles, and qualifies for CEUs.

No programming experience is required.

Course Overview

Computer-mediated accessibility to information represents the greatest liberation in human history. A substantial proportion of people in our society have some level of physical or mental challenge which can stand in the way of clear communication ... unless we take necessary steps to improve our websites and all electronic documents. And when we design for the extremes, everyone benefits.

Participants leave with techniques they can use right away for authoring, designing, producing, and testing ... and perhaps gain a whole new attitude towards how technology can improve lives. You will not only be aware of why accessibility and standards affect everyone: you’ll be equipped with a thorough understanding of what you need to do, and how to do it best.

“This will make us better communicators.”

– Luc Bergeron, SSHRC

“Very good: made me think…”

– Bente Mollevik, Norwegian Savings Bank Association

“Great: very comprehensive. Touching on all aspects of accessibility.”

– Marc Iafelice, CFIA

“David really knows his topics. Very well done: got the point across in a way that can be apply to everyone.”

– Sean Strasbourg, CFIA

Why Take This Course?

Although most professional Web developers now create their sites with an awareness of technical design issues such as browser incompatibilities and platform dependencies, they are still experiencing difficulties with emerging accessibility standards. Many Web sites are designed based on assumptions that don’t address the specific needs of people with disabilities and difficulties and thus fail to deliver the promise of the Web to all users.

“Interesting content, really well delivered. Visual and engaging. Gives us a common language and approach.”

– Chris Cook, CFIA

“Although I am from a program with no technical background, this seminar will change the way we prepare/write/present documents, policies, directives, forms, etc for posting on the Web.”

– Sharon Drolet, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

What Makes This Course Unique

David Berman is a consultant on strategy for large Web sites, and has worked on Web accessibility projects for many organizations including Statistics Canada, the National Research Council, BMO, and IBM. He has been the project manager of numerous accessible Web projects, has developed strategy and design for CFIA, CRA, CMHC, Health Canada, Canadian Heritage, Industry Canada, Veterans Affairs, and the International Space Station … as well as many private sector and non-profit organizations.

By addressing and understanding accessibility issues, Web developers can more effectively deliver their message to their whole audience, while complying with the legal and moral responsibilities, regardless of physical or mental impediment.

“Clear and entertaining: will allow more strategic planning rather than just reactionary stumbling.”

– Steve Doody, Justice Canada

“Great: very comprehensive. Touching on all aspects of accessibility.”

– Marc Iafelice, CFIA

“David really knows his topics. Very well done: got the point across in a way that can be apply to everyone.”

– Sean Strasbourg, CFIA

What You Will Learn

You will learn how to make your current sites more accessible by complying with current standards and guidelines. Specifically, you will learn:

First Half (morning of a full-day course)

  • why accessibility matters to everyone, not just those with disabilities

  • the major disabilities and challenges: what they are and how most of us have some level of difficulty that can be assisted by accessible design

  • assistive technologies we can typically use to mitigate these issues

  • examples of accessible multimedia

  • how accessibility will help your bottom-line

  • overview of regulations

Second Half (afternoon of a full-day course)

  • W3C WCAG 2.0 guidelines

  • current standards (AODA, Section 508, Canada’s Standard on Web Accessibility)

  • specific technologies and design techniques used to satisfy accessibility concerns

  • testing frameworks for accessibility issues

  • how to make PDF files more accessible

  • specific techniques to save money through accessible coding

  • where accessibility meets usability

  • draft standards on developing accessible PDF and metadata

  • specific technologies and design techniques used to satisfy core PDF accessibility issues

  • understanding of how enterprise-wide document development processes can save money and time while automating PDF generation

  • testing frameworks for PDF accessible

“Very good speaker – good sense of humour.”

– Johan Fong, House of Commons


– Sjur Kristiansen, Telenor Telecommunications Group

“Eye-opening. Love your method of teaching.”

– Jean Descrochers, National Research Council


At the end of this event, you will:

  • know many techniques you can apply right away to make content more accessible

  • have a comprehensive understanding of W3C WCAG 2.0, PDF/UA, current government accessibility guidelines and how to meet them

  • be able to make informed decisions as to what degree to comply with accessibility standards

  • be aware of techniques that can vastly reduce the cost of publishing online

  • understand better the experience of those with disabilities using the Web, multimedia, and apps

  • know you’re doing the “right thing” by ensuring accessibility for all

“I enjoyed it all.”

– Robert Hallat, Public Service Commission

“Right on target.”

– Marius Monsen, Reaktor ID

“He knows what to do! This will guide us for the AA Standards”

– Bassil Wehbe, Agriculture Canada

Typical Agenda for Full Day Course

9:00 to 10:15: Why We Should Care, Deficits, Assistive Technologies

10:15 to 10:30: break

10:30 to 12:00: WCAG 2.0, AODA, PDF/UA, Section 508, and the new Standard on Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0 Principle 1

12:00 to 1:00: lunch

1:00 to 2:30: WCAG 2.0 Principles 2 and 3

2:30 to 2:45: break

2:45 to 4:30: WCAG 2.0 Principles 4, Beyond AA: social media, email

4:30: David sticks around as long as you have more questions!

What You Get

Regular ticket holders receive:

  • a complimentary, comprehensive 160+ page learning guide, detailing every major accessibility guideline (also available separately for $97 with optional 1-on-1 distance coaching)

  • meals, snacks and beverages

  • a signed course certificate, suitable for framing

  • a thirty-minute one-on-one personal coaching tele-session with David within a month

  • the option to attend this course again in the future, as a refresher, at no additional cost

  • the option to attend the first half on one date and the second half at a future date

This course is hosted by TypeWell, in conjunction with the TECHWell 2016 ConferenceTECHWell attendees may register for this post-conference event with the Association discount. To register by phone, please call the event organizer, Kate Ervin, toll-free at (844) 897-3935. TypeWell logo

Map of Event Location
Saturday, June 18th, 2016 9:00 am –  4:30 pm