STARCANADA 2017 Concurrent Session : Accessibility Standards and Testing Techniques: Be Inclusive or Be Left Behind

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 10:15am to 11:15am

Accessibility Standards and Testing Techniques: Be Inclusive or Be Left Behind

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While Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessibility for a wider spectrum of users—including the blind—and their interfaces is being required by law across more jurisdictions, testing for it remains limited, naïve, and too late. The consequences of staying ignorant include increased exposure to litigation, penalties, and loss of contracts and revenue. Join David Best, Sandy Feldman, and Rob Harvie to learn why accessibility is now becoming a valued, integral part of the design process and much different from usability of twenty years ago. Ensure compliance for your organization and clients by familiarizing yourself with the regional and international standards and their criteria, and find out what testing tools and inclusive design practices you can use. Take away an understanding of the three core guidelines for accessibility; components of authoring tools, web content, and user agent accessibility for mobile, web browsers, and media players—and understand their impact on assistive technologies.
Inclusive Media Design

Accessibility IT specialist David Best has more than thirty years of experience in project management, software design, and development. David developed glaucoma at age five and lost all eyesight by age twenty. Despite this setback, he was one of the first blind Canadians to graduate with a degree in computer science from Western. David’s work experience includes software engineer with Air Canada, subject matter expert on accessibility business solutions at IBM, and now a senior associate at Inclusive. With his life experiences and ICT knowledge skills, David has a unique opportunity to advocate for disabled professionals.

Inclusive Media Design

A veteran of Inclusive’s Web Accessibility team, Sandy Feldman is a seasoned and creative accessible web designer and front-end developer. With vast experience in digital design and website creation, Sandy specializes in designing visually innovative sites, individually tailored to the client’s needs and mission. A strong supporter of many disability-related communities, her volunteer websites include,, and

Inclusive Media Design

A founding director of Inclusive Media and Design, Rob Harvie brings a rich background in ICT and accessibility solutions. At the University of Toronto for more than ten years, he directed IT for the faculty of Information, and lectured on human-computer interaction and emerging technologies, including augmented and virtual reality and multi-sensory interfaces. Rob serves on various working and advisory groups.