Pat Seed 
Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario 
(807) 473-0909 


Tuesday August 10, 2010 at 1:00 PM EST
Tuesday August 10, 2010 at 2:00 PM EST

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Introduction to Accessibility and Planning an Accessible Website 

Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario (CWDO) is hosting this online course on the fundamentals of web accessibility. This session is geared toward giving decision makers and areas involved in accessibility initiatives the tools and knowledge they need to achieve real accessibility in their endeavours. These are FREE training sessions, but space will fill up quickly. Register early to ensure that you can participate!
Presented by: Everett Zufelt  & Mike Gifford

Expected Participants’ Technical Level:
Novice to intermediate

Session Description:

What is an accessible website? What role do they play in business today? Why is it beneficial for your company or organization to have one? Who benefits from an accessible website? 

This webinar will show you how to develop your website, covering the following:

What type of site is right for your organization?

  • Informational
  • Interactive
  • Development: functions and features.
  • Design: visually appealing colours, graphics, usability and accessibility
  • Content: Creating from scratch or migration from an existing system
  • Hosting: Where the site will live, costs and future updates

What does it mean for a site to be accessible?

  • What is accessibility and who benefits
  • Standards and guidelines for ensuring a site is accessible
  • How to assess if your development firm understands and can implement an accessible design
Presenter biographies and detailed instructions for how to participate appear below the registration link.


Everett Zufelt  

Everett Zufelt is an information and communication technology (ICT) professional who is passionate about ensuring that information systems are accessible to individuals with disabilities, and that they are easy to use for all. Everett has been loosely involved in web development for over ten years, during which time he lost his sight as a result of a degenerative eye disease. As he transitioned from large font to a screen-reader, he realized that many information systems were not accessible to the blind, or to persons with other disabilities. Everett's experience as a blind developer, coupled with his experience and education in social science and legal studies, have given him a unique perspective on accessibility and universal design, which he is happy to share with all who are interested.

Everett has recently worked for the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre at the University of Toronto and for OpenConcept Consulting, Inc. He has also completed many smaller accessibility projects for a variety of organizations in the past, including the University of Missouri and UPS.

Everett is an active contributor of accessibility knowledge to both the Drupal and Fluid open source development communities.

Mike Gifford

Mike Gifford is the founder of OpenConcept Consulting Inc, which he started in 1999. Since 2000, he has been particularly active in developing and extending open source content management systems to allow people to get closer to their content. Mike has been very active in building online campaigns for progressive organizations and politicians in both Canada and the United States. Working with a wide range of organizations, OpenConcept is in a unique position to build community and share their accumulated knowledge from a variety of sectors. Before starting OpenConcept, Mike had worked for a number of national NGOs including Oxfam Canada and Friends of the Earth.

As a techie at heart, Mike likes to get into the code when he gets the chance. Being familiar with everything from accessibility issues to system administration, provides the ability to understand the technological big picture. Mike has been involved with accessibility issues since the early 1990's and is a strong advocate for standards based design. Mike is able to envision how your website can become a powerful communications tool for your organization.


CWDO instructions for connecting to IDEAL Online Auditorium 1.

Note: Even if you have downloaded the following safe conferencing plug-in previously, you need to download it each time you enter any CWDO conference room. This will ensure that you have the latest updates.
* 1. First open your Internet Explorer browser and type in the following link:
* 2. When you arrive at the page, scroll down the page and click on number 3, to download the safe plug-in.
* 3. There is no need to save the application. Just click on the two (run) buttons when they come up, and press the space bar when you see the (finish) button.
* 4. Then you will want to go further down the page and click on the link for Auditorium 1.
* 5. Then you need to click on the link that says (enter Conference Auditorium 1).
* 6. Place your user name and the city you are from in the name field provided. Example, I type, (Pat Seed in Thunder Bay) without the brackets.
* 7. Do not type anything in the password field, let the password field remain empty.
* 8. Then click on the log-in button.
* 9. At that point, you should see the (Welcome screen) of Citizens With Disabilities  Conference Auditorium 1.
When you have successfully entered the CWDO Online Conference Room, please do the following:
* 1. Go into the (file menu) and click on (enabled dropped packets).
* 2. Go into the file menu and make sure that your microphone is checked, and that your microphone volume is 100 percent.
* 3. If you can see the pictures of the microphone and speaker on the right-hand bottom of your screen, please make sure both bars are all the way to the right.
* 4. Press either (control key) just before you would like to talk, hold it down while talking, and then release it a couple of seconds after you have finished talking. Please remember that only one person can be talking at any given time in our conference rooms.
* 5. Please do not send a text message in the chat area while someone is talking. Simply type your text message in the chat area, and wait for a break in the talking to (press your enter key) to send your message.
* 6. Always end your text messages with the letters (GA) without the brackets. This will signify to others that you have completed your message.
* 7. If you find that you are not able to catch a break in the talking to send your message, please clear the typing of your message, go into the chat area of the screen, (press your space bar), and then (press the enter key). This will cause your name to go on the screen, signifying that you would like to text a message.
Please Note:
If, for any reason, the plug-in does not work for you, please use (option 2), leaving the password field empty. You will be able to see the screen, hear the audio, text and talk.