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Event Details

  • Faculty: David Berman, expert on design, ethics, and social responsibility, and Randall Craig, author and consultant
  • Date: Dec 2, 2014. Spring 2015 Date: TBD
  • Location: OCADU Inclusive Design Research Centre,
    49 McCaul (Osgoode Subway Station)
  • Fee: $697/person.
  • Association Fee: Member of RGD Ontario, PWAC, EAC, GDC, IABC, PPPC, CMA, and IxDA: $577/person
  • Half day Fee: $397/person

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Learn why accessibility is important for everybody – and how to build it into your online – and offline – documents

It used to be that the only way to comply with accessibility standards for persons with disabilities or difficulties was to publish content in HTML. One of the most exciting parts of the new Standard On Web Accessibility and WCAG 2.0 is that it has become feasible for you to choose PDF as the only container for certain content on your Web site … but only if you know how. We’ve worked with industry leaders such as Adobe to put together this comprehensive and powerful course, where attendees walk away with immediately-applicable tips and techniques to make all their pages and sites more accessible.

De-mystify how to make online or offline Web and PDF accessible whether your source is Word, Excel, Powerpoint, InDesign… or existing PDF!

Most adults suffer from some level of disability or difficulty that can be mitigated through accessible technologies. And when we design for the extremes, everyone benefits.

Not only will you comply with the standards (AODA, WCAG 2.0, Standard On Web Accessibility, Section 508, PDF/UA…): you’ll be broadening the audience for your content while enriching the experience of existing users.

Whether you are new to accessibility and WCAG, or already familiar with WCAG 1.0, you’ll learn immediately-applicable tips and techniques in this powerful accessibility course.

David Berman and Randall Craig will convince you of why accessibility is important for everybody, then provide in-depth familiarity with federal and international guidelines that will help your Web and PDF content be a more effective resource for your entire audience. You’ll also gain familiarity with assistive technologies that help people with specific disabilities and difficulties.

Our full-day course includes a thorough review of every pertinent standard that apply to accessible PDF and web, including other policies which call for WCAG 2.0 Level A and AA compliance (such as U.S. Section 508 and Ontario’s AODA).

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is perfect for Management, Developers, UX/Interaction designers, Graphic Designers, Project Managers.

What will you learn:


  • 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


  • 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
  • specific technologies and design techniques used to satisfy core PDF accessibility issues
  • how to make PDF files more accessible
  • understanding of how enterprise-wide document development processes can save money and time while automating PDF generation
  • testing frameworks for PDF accessibility
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About David Berman

David’s 25 years of experience and technique have helped hundreds of organizations get great things done. David has been named a high level-advisor to the U.N. on how an accessible internet can help fulfill the Millenium Development Goals. The World Wide Web Foundation had him audit Web accessibility for over 30 countries in 2013. His career as an expert speaker, facilitator, communications strategist, judge, and graphic and environmental designer has involved him in developing dozens of events around the world. More about David Berman.

About Randall Craig

Randall Craig, president of 108 ideaspace, is an internet pioneer who has led the web strategies for several major market newspapers, international financial institutions, and consulting firms since 1994. He has founded several successful start-ups, held a long-time position at a “big-four” consulting firm, and was an executive at an American public company. Learn more about Randall Craig on our 'About Us' page.