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2015 Trends in Media Accessibility by Robert Pearson, Accessibility Officer, AMI

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Presented at The Accessibility Conference at the University of Guelph on May 27th, 2015.
Media accessibility has come of age and many new trends this are giving users greater ability to gain access to the content that they seek.

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2015 Trends in Media Accessibility by Robert Pearson, Accessibility Officer, AMI

  1. 1. 2015 Media Accessibility Trends in Canada The Accessibility Conference University of Guelph Rozanski 103 May 27th, 2015, 2:00pm Robert Pearson Accessibility Officer, AMI
  2. 2. Redefine the way we work • Accessibility is a standard business practice that can be promoted through education • No longer a nice-to-have • It has become a business differentiator • To not be accessible is knowingly exclude a portion of your audience or clientele • To be benefit of Media Accessibility
  3. 3. More Described Video • CRTC regulatory changes as apart of the “Let’s Talk TV” initiative • Described Video offerings between 7pm and 11pm by September 2019 with exemptions http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2015/2015- 104.pdf
  4. 4. Accessible Set-Top Boxes • Hardware and remote controls • Navigation by sight • Usability • International guidance • http://www.xfinity.com/accessibility
  5. 5. Accessible Media Players • AMI-player • AFB Accessible Media Player • Interface plus content accessibility http://www.afb.org/info/programs-and- services/technology-evaluation/creating- accessible-websites/download-afbs-accessible- html5-video-player/1235
  6. 6. The Marrakesh Treaty • Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled • Some 1-7 per cent of the world’s published books ever make it into accessible formats. • Canada’s ascension – leading to ratification http://www.worldblindunion.org/english/news/ Pages/The-Treaty-of-Marrakesh.aspx
  7. 7. FCC Disability Advisory Comittee • The Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) will provide advice to the FCC on a wide array of disability issues • Video Description Working Group https://www.fcc.gov/disability-advisory- committee
  8. 8. International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) • Professional certification in accessibility • International standards body • http://www.accessibilityassociation.org/
  9. 9. Make it Free • Windows Eyes for Microsoft Office users • http://www.windoweyesforoffice.com/
  10. 10. Contact • Robert.Pearson@ami.ca • http://www.ami.ca • Twitter: @a11ymedia • Facebook: Accessible Media Inc. • YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/accessiblemedia/ • Slideshare:

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