Accessibility for Editors

Presenter:   Suzanne Schaan

Length:   Total: 4.5 hours

Language:   English

Level:   Introductory/ Intermediate

Type:   Informational

Member price:   Varied

Non-member price:   Varied

Part 1: Introduction to Accessibility (Introductory)

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Part 2: Working with Web and Digital Content (Introductory)

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Part 3: Colour Considerations for Accessibility (Intermediate)

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Part 4: Alternative Text for Images (Intermediate)

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Accessibility measures work best when they are embedded in content from the start. This series of webinars examines the accessibility considerations that editors are most likely to come across in their work. Although you are not required to take Part 1 before taking Parts 2–4, we strongly recommend that you have a basic understanding of accessibility before attending the later sessions.

Part 1: “Introduction to Accessibility” provides a general overview of what is meant by web and document accessibility. This session looks at some common information challenges for people with disabilities and briefly considers how their experience can be improved.

Part 2: “Working with Web and Digital Content” introduces the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. Although this standard was created for web developers, many of its principles can be applied during content creation and editing. This session explores a number of ways editors can contribute to accessibility for all users by structuring and editing content. It also briefly demonstrates the accessibility checker in Microsoft Office applications.

Part 3: “Colour Considerations for Accessibility” delves into the use of colour for both design purposes and meaning. This session introduces colour contrast tools and creative strategies for conveying meaning in text, graphs, and other elements without depending solely on colour.

Part 4: “Alternative Text for Images” examines information that is provided through visual elements. This session explains how to identify when alternative text is required and provides the opportunity to practise assessing and writing it.



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Suzanne Schaan managed the developmental editors in Pearson Canada’s higher education division for many years. She was part of the first cohort to complete Pearson’s global accessibility specialist program, which became the base of training that she developed and delivered to in-house and freelance editors. She remains a strong advocate for accessibility as a part of the editorial process. Suzanne is currently the managing editor at AME Learning.

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