Introduction to Accessible Design in Media
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Close-up view of a video camera lens

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Here is a reminder of the learning outcomes for this module:

  • Analyze the principles of accessibility, universal design and inclusive design in order to acknowledge systemic barriers in the world at large.
  • Assess representations of disability in order to apply a critical lens to media in Canada and around the world.
  • Evaluate the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to understand the legislative standards to date in Ontario and the United States around accessibility.

Media can be designed to be inclusive and accessible for everyone in both content and the way that the content is delivered. Having an understanding of the ways in which disability and people with disabilities are represented is crucial. Media representation has tremendous power in shaping society’s perception of community. Often media representation includes stereotype and prejudice and lacks authenticity, misrepresenting how people with disabilities live and work in the community.

There are other practical ways in which media can be made accessible and we will be looking at these in upcoming modules.