Business Support Series: Lower the Barriers - An Introduction to Digital Accessibility
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The first point of contact for many people, who want to know more about your business or organization, is often a website, video, and/or document. Making these digital materials accessible for people with disabilities is important. However, it is even more crucial today, because many businesses have to rely on the digital realm, due to COVID-19 restrictions.
One in three Nova Scotians identifies as having at least one disability. These current, and potential, customers with disabilities need accessible digital materials, such as websites, documents, audio, video, etc. Plus, the Nova Scotia government has pledged to make the province accessible by 2030, through its Accessibility Act.
This webinar will provide basic information to start the journey of lowering online barriers. It will focus on:
Why Accessibility is Important
Nova Scotia’s Digital Accessibility Related Legislation and Impact
The Range of Diverse Users and Different Technologies
How People Are Accessing Your Digital Materials (with live demos of technologies)
No technical expertise is required, just an interest in the subject.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Lisa Snider, Senior Digital Accessibility Consultant & Trainer, Access Changes Everything
Lisa Snider has over 21 years’ experience working with digital accessibility in different settings and contexts. Lisa’s passion in life is working with website, document, audio, video, social media and app accessibility. She shares her knowledge to make these digital materials more accessible for everyone, including people with different disabilities.
Through her company, Access Changes Everything Inc., Lisa provides remediation, presentations, workshops, training, policy development and auditing, which includes auditors with different disabilities, for North American institutions and businesses, including: the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, NSCC, the Governments of Nova Scotia and Manitoba, and the University of Manitoba.
Lisa was the Chair of the Province of Manitoba’s Accessibility for Manitobans Act, Information & Communications Standard Development Committee, was a Stakeholder in the W3C Accessibility Guidelines Working Group Silver Task Force (WCAG 2.1), is an invited member of the Microsoft Inclusive Workplace Customer Advisory Council, and is a member of ATHEN groups, collaborating with Microsoft to improve the accessibility of their products.