Past Meetup

Accessibility: Don't Design in the Dark

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A designer, lawyer and blind accessibility expert walk into a bar…

Well, maybe not a bar… and more like a coffee shop, but this month we are privileged to bring together three very different perspectives on accessibility: the discipline of everyone-friendly digital content.

Maureen will give us an introduction to the legal side of accessibility and some insights into cases where the law wasn't taken seriously. Sandy will give us a designer's perspective with a few hints and tips, and Martin will talk us through the space from his professional point of view and personal experience.

We're sure you'll take away a few punch lines...

May we present our esteemed speakers:

Maureen McKay

Maureen is a corporate / commercial lawyer who spent the first nine years of her legal career at Pallett Valo LLP, an award-winning full service business law firm. Having made the switch to her own practice in 2008, Maureen has served as counsel to businesses in a variety of industries, including film and television production, IT services, engineering, manufacturing, financial services, health care, hospitality and many others. Maureen’s clients look to her for advice and assistance in managing ongoing operations, business development and planning, intellectual property, financial investments, regulatory compliance, human resources, etc.

Maureen has spoken and presented seminars for the Canadian Franchise Association, Mississauga Board of Trade and Ryerson University, among others, as well as for government agencies, charities and private clients.

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Martin Courcelles

Martin has been in the accessible technology industry since 1985. He is fully bilingual in French and English. He completed his Braille Transcription and Bilingual Braille proof reading certification. He was Supervisor of Reader Services at the CNIB Library and has technical support expertise in nonprofit organizations and the Accessible Technology Industry.

These days, he is an Accessibility Specialist within the IT department of CNIB. His passions include: Braille, music, popcorn and Kermit the frog. In his spare time, Martin tinkers with computer hardware and software, loves to hike, bike ride and is an avid member of Trailblazers Tandem Cycling Club.

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Sandy Feldman

Sandy Feldman has been a professional web developer since 1998. She has a keen interest in creating sites that conform to WCAG 2.0 (W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines). In addition to creating beautiful, accessible, and usable sites, she conducts accessibility audits and trains web developers. Her clients include the University of Guelph, Scotiabank Pro-Am, Inclusive Media and Design, and many others.

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SYPA (Stuff You'll Probably Ask)

You: Why is there a $10 charge?

Us: Some months we're lucky to get help (sponsorship) with food and drink and some months we organize this ourselves. We usually make a small loss, but don't mind, because we're really passionate about the meetup and network. This month we are trying something new, and though we will be serving juice, soda, and delicious snacks for all our guests, we will not be serving wine this month.

You: What time do the presentations start?

Us: Doors open at 6:30pm and we aim to begin the the presentations at 7:00pm. Before and after the talks, there are opportunities for conversation, and the enjoyment of drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

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