Accessibility Innovation in Media and Creative Arts
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The operation and organization of any workplace or workflow cannot be considered complete in any way today without the creators first carefully considering both the outcomes as well as the needs of all the participants.

Being mindful of this combined reality is the key to building an experience for everyone that is inclusive and accessible. Nor can this process ever be considered a static one. Rather, it remains in a constant state of evolution as thinking and attitudes evolve, as technology changes and as accessibility tools expand.

In this course, we have looked at best practices and emerging approaches to creating accessible content in media, focusing on how to make audio, video, text, and visual content accessible through use of American Sign Language (ASL) and Quebec Sign Language, la langue des signes quebecoise (LSQ), captions, transcriptions, described video, alt text and image description. We have examined how disability is represented in media and how language is used to influence and inform the public.

Throughout the course, we have learned about the different ways that media makers can create content that is more accessible and inclusive. From here, you can include these components to the media you produce in the future, working with the understanding that accessibility is a fundamental human right.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Review the imperative for mindfulness of accessibility and inclusion in the creation, production and evolution of media enterprises.
  • Establish the role of the Broadcasting Accessibility Fund in funding innovative projects that promote accessibility in broadcast media in Canada.
  • Value Canada’s role as a global leader in conceptualizing, building and expanding universal design in media.
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Important Terms and Concepts

  • Social Media Accessibility
  • Inclusion in Education
  • Disability Arts
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Connect to Practice

  • Apply and use accessibility functions with social media
  • Consider making art, performance and music inclusive and accessible