Presentations

Web Accessibility: Best Practices

David Best, Accessibility IT Specialist for Business and Education Services in Technology (BEST Consulting), discussed web accessibility best practices during a T-Base-hosted Q&A-style webinar. Web accessibility is a hot topic today, and it’s more important than ever as consumers go online to communicate with their service providers. In this presentation, you’ll find the information you need to communicate more effectively online with customers who are blind or have low vision.

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Effective AODA Compliant Communications

Sarah White, Director of Accessibility Education & Consulting for People Access, a division of Excellence Canada, took part in a T-Base-hosted interactive, Q&A-style webinar, to discuss what organizations in Ontario must do to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Packed with expert advice and best practices, this presentation is for any organization in Ontario that would like to comply with the AODA and communicate effectively with customers with disabilities, including those who are blind, have low vision or are print restricted.

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Effective ADA Compliant Communications

Julia Sain, Director of Disability Rights & Resources, took part in a T-Base-hosted interactive, Q&A-style webinar, discussing the obligations businesses have under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Regardless of your industry—financial services, healthcare, telecommunications or other—if you’re communicating with customers in the U.S., this presentation is one to check out. A key takeaway from the webinar: equally effective communication means the information you share with people who have disabilities is just as effective as the information you share with people who do not have disabilities. 

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Accessible PDF Creation Guide

Andy Keyworth, T-Base’s Online Accessibility and Product Development Specialist, attended the CSUN Conference 2016 (the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference) and presented the fundamentals of accessible PDF creation. This guide outlines the tools and best practices for ensuring a document is accessible for people who are blind or have low vision, covering the important role of stylesheets, headings, data tables, accessibility checks and more.  

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UEB's Guidelines for Tactile Graphics

Our Tactile Graphics Specialist, Aquinas Pather proudly presented at the 2015 CNIB National Braille Conference, offering knowledge on the Guidelines and Standards for Tactile Graphics, 2011. The standards require a major revision to align the contents with the Unified English Braille Code. In light of the retention of the Nemeth Code for technical materials in the United States, BANA has approved the Provisional Guidance for Transcription using the Nemeth Code within UEB Contexts. This presentation highlights some of the questions addressed and possible solutions to be incorporated into the revised guidelines currently being developed.

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Accessibility Trends in Corporate Communications

At the 2015 CNIB National Braille Conference, our Online Accessibility and Product Development Specialist Andy Keyworth led an interactive workshop focusing on what companies are doing to make their products and services accessible. Industry trends and best practices were presented along with specific case studies that demonstrate the commitment organizations are making in advancing an inclusive society in offering consumer choice and independent access to products, programs and services.

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Providing Alternate Formats for Effective Communication

As the alternate format sponsor at the 2015 ADA Symposium, our Online Accessibility and Product Development Specialist Andy Keyworth shared his insight on communicating effectively and successfully with customers as an important part of doing business. Not only does it support positive interactions with customers, but it is also fully required by law. This presentation was presented at the 2015 ADA Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia to help gain a better understanding about how to best serve customers who are blind, low vision and have print- related disabilities.

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Hybrid: Enhancing the Learning Experience

Customized hybrid textbooks offer a combination of braille and electronic formats to meet the unique learning styles of every blind and print disabled student. This presentation illuminates important design techniques and concepts used to produce high-quality tactile graphics. The guidelines and standards manual for tactile graphics widely used by transcribers will be discussed, and the innovative use of macros to speed up the creation of tactile graphics will be demonstrated.

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Tactile Imagery Illustrated

The newly published, CBA/BANA Guidelines and Standards for Tactile Graphics 2010 has generated much interest. Aquinas Pather, Tactile Graphics Design Specialist at T-Base Communications illuminates important design techniques and concepts that are used to produce high-quality tactile graphics, presented at the 2012 CNIB Braille Conference. Selected examples from the guidelines are used to illustrate how simplification, elimination, consolidation and distortion enhance the readability of a tactile. The usage of vector-based computer generated images that conform to the new guidelines are also illustrated.

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Keeping Raised-Line Tactile Graphic Design

T-Base Communications' Tactile Graphics Design Specialist, Aquinas Pather, was honored to present at the Tactile Graphics Conference at the National Federation of the Blind in April 2013. This presentation outlines some of the general principles of tactile graphic design, as well as some advanced topics such as vector-based graphics software to design material for microcapsule paper (swell paper), thermographic (granulated ink), and computer embossed graphics. It provides a demonstration of how the guidelines, standards and best practices and how the BANA Guidelines and Standards for Tactile Graphics, 2010, should be incorporated into the work produced by producers and transcribers of tactile graphics.

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AODA Information and Communication Compliance Deadlines

Understanding AODA’s Information and Communication Standards can be confusing and cumbersome. Thanks to Donna Herrington from The Herrington Group, a partner of T-Base Communications, we are able to provide you with a quick reference guide to the deadlines that effect your organization.

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Four orange chairs lined up ready for an accessibility presentation
Four orange chairs lined up ready for an accessibility presentation