Workshop Registration

Creating Accessible Content

How do people with disabilities access information? Have you considered how a person who is blind uses a smartphone? How does someone who is deaf enjoy a podcast? What are the legislative requirements when producing content? What elements of accessibility should I include in my production? The aim of this workshop is to explore these subjects and more.

In our first class, we will examine the different categories of disability, consider visible vs invisible disabilities, look at different assistive technology, as well as a review of the relevant legislation as it pertains to video and audio production. Our second evening will explore the various ways that disability is portrayed in popular films and TV show.  Some disability stereotypes are still widely used in the media, often with the best of intentions. As producers, it is important to factor in accessibility from the earliest stages of a production.  What does this include? What questions should I be asking throughout my production process? We will also look at the various options available for captioning your production – and why automated captions can be a solution (if it is done correctly). Broadcasters now have to include Audio Description in their prime-time programming – we will explore the process and choices available for AD and what “integrated description” means.
- The Theoretical models of disability
- Visible and Invisible disabilities
- How People with Disabilities access information (Assistive Tech)
- Legislation review – Provincial and Federal legislation in Canada and the impact on creative industries in Canada
- Brief overview of US Legislation as well as Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
- Examples of disability in popular films
- Disability stereotypes
- What accessibility features should you include in your production?
- Captioning – why it is important, and how to do it right
- Audio Description and Integrated Description methods

part 1: Tue 24 November 2020, 6 - 9 pm   
part 2: Thu 26 November 2020, 6 - 9 pm   
(Registration deadline is Tue 24 November 5:00 pm)

Instructor: Karen Lonz

Category: Producing
Maximum Capacity: 15
6 hours of instruction in 2 parts$100 /member$125 /nonmember