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Creating Accessible Content

In this two-evening workshop, 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. Participants will also 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 6 April 2021, 6 - 9 pm   
part 2: Thu 8 April 2021, 6 - 9 pm   

Instructor: Karen Lonz

As a Television Director, Karen Lonz has been involved in the production of thousands of hours of live television. After 30 years working in the TV industry, along with 15 years as an educator, she has put herself on a new path. Returning to school and obtaining a Graduate Certificate in Accessible Media Production was the first step. Becoming a Certified Professional was the next. Along the way, she discovered a passion for accessibility – specifically how people with disabilities access digital information. Combining her knowledge of video production, as well as an understanding of the education landscape, she has built an education and training consultancy called Total Access Media. The goal of Total Access Media is to educate producers on the importance of incorporating accessibility into all aspects of a production.

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