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University of Guelph Accessibility Conference

May 25, 2021 - May 27, 2021
All Day

The 12th Annual Accessibility Conference boasts another great year of interactive workshops, discussion forums, and concurrent sessions, as well as a panel presentation and closing capstone session focusing on Accessibility, Inclusion and the Future of Work and Learning.

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Presentations from Ryerson community members

Thinking Outside the Box: Innovative Pathways to Employment for Job Seekers with Disabilities

  • Stream: Accessibility, Inclusion, and the Future of Learning and Work (AIFLW)
  • Presenter: Elizabeth Mohler, project coordinator, Inclusive Hiring at Ryerson Magnet

This interactive presentation will showcase a new fit-based online tool, ALiGN, which helps applicants highlight their attitudinal and behavioural fit to employers based on a profile established through objective benchmarking. The platform then matches candidates to positions based on their fit for the role. The results of the assessment may lead to employment or training supports to eventually allow a path to meaningful employment.

I will demonstrate the key features of the ALiGN tool by walking you through the types of questions presented in the Lumina Assessment.

Meet Sa11y: The Accessibility Quality Assurance Assistant

  • Stream: Web Accessibility (WA)
  • Presenter: Adam Chaboryk, IT accessibility specialist, Computing and Communications Services (CCS)

Ryerson University has several hundred website editors and thousands of web pages. Managing usability and website accessibility at scale poses its challenges. In an effort to avoid expensive cloud-based accessibility tools and enforce best practices in an easy, effortless way, we created Sa11y. Sa11y is an accessibility quality assurance tool that visually highlights common accessibility and usability issues specific to our content management system (CMS). Geared towards content authors, Sa11y straightforwardly identifies errors or warnings at the source with a simple tooltip on how to fix them. 

Sa11y was released as an open source tool in May 2020, and is currently adopted by institutions like Queen's University and Princeton University. Sa11y is also featured on the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools List and The A11y Project. 

Inclusive Media Course Series Process, 6 Months In

  • Stream: Document and Media Accessibility (DMA)
  • Presenters: Margot Whitfield (Inclusive Media and Design Centre, Ryerson University) and Nathan Burke

The curriculum in this course series was developed using evidence-based methods and practices with blind and low-vision, and deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences. Outcomes from the program include:

  1. Understanding of how CC/AD fit within the disability/regulatory frameworks in Canada and could be employed in initial stages of production development within the broadcasting framework
  2. Writing and speaking techniques designed for media and hands-on practice.

This course series opened up employment opportunities for graduates of this program as well as provided a standardized framework for re-speaking captioners and describers and improved the quality of their processes. Underpinning the development of the series was an advisory committee consisting of community audience representatives from diverse populations (including blind, low vision, hard of hearing, and deaf), enabling the inclusion and involvement of the people in the affected communities as guest speakers and advisors.