Training


We want to make you a hero to your audience.

show Shaw Media case study: “David’s training used real-life examples, got people up and interacting. It was an amazing experience. Tremendous amount of feedback.”

Andrew Davies explains: “My name’s Andrew Davies, and I’m the Manager of Experience Design for Shaw Media. My team of web designers and user experience designers are responsible for the maintenance and enhancements to all of our brand websites and applications. Those brands include Global TV, Global News, Food, HGTV, Slice, History, and Showcase.

My team will be embarking on a redesign of one of our major branded websites, and there was an opportunity for us to incorporate accessibility as part of this redesign. So essentially David came in for a full day of training for about 30 developers, 10 graphic designers, and my UX team. I was concerned that taking that many people out of their daily work schedule was going to be really hard on the business, and also be hard to keep those people engaged.

David’s training used real-life examples, got people up and interacting. It was an amazing experience. Tremendous amount of feedback. People stayed for the entire session. Often times people would be jumping up for meetings in other full-day sessions. Not the case with David’s.

I’m very confident that moving forward we’re going to be able to incorporate all the best practices to make sure that our new branded websites will be fully accessible, and that we’ll achieve web accessibility accreditation.”

Custom-tailored training

We love to teach what we know. In speeches, courses, and training material that we continuously improve and that you can continuously improve … so that you can inject universal design thinking into everything you create.

We motivate and train your team as to why Web accessibility matters, and how to get it done, demystifying regulations into satisfying easy-to-follow steps. We provide public and private group training (onsite or online) or learning guides you can use on your own. We also offer one-on-one hands-on coaching (onsite or online) working with your documents.

We can provide remote or on-site half-day, full-day or multi-day customized accessibility learning events for your entire team (including a keynote for senior executives and managers, the return on investment, an overview of the most common issues, best practices, and a complete review of how to comply with the relevant standards for those who need that level of detail.)

For such a learning event, we encourage you to consider inviting executives, task force members, administrators, content contributors, as well as a sampling of content owners, editors, developers, and other stakeholders. Or possibly representatives from your third-party collaborators, such as your advertising agency.

We can bring our courses on-site to you, or develop training carefully tailored to your learning outcomes. For example, we’ll often bring our web accessibility courses on-site, customizing so it will be all about the site or product your team is working on. The result is that your team learns a common approach together while ending the day with solutions to problems they were already working on solving.

Our custom training clients include Honda, the National Research Council, the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, the Association of Manitoba Archivists, the Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba, and the Center for Plain Language.

One-on-one coaching packages

Our typical offering is a half-day course (on-site or online) where we can teach a group of people our offered custom content.

We provide one-on-one coaching on pretty well all our course topics (and even some we don’t have courses on, such as one-on-one JAWS training).

For example, a one-on-one coaching package with a specific learning outcome would include:

  • A teleconsultation session with David Berman and one of his trainers where we assess your goals, needs, current level of knowledge, experience, and language requirements.
  • Up to three hours of one-on-one coaching, where you move through all the steps (e.g., for accessible video training we would teach you the entire process of making a video accessible) on the platform of your choice (this coaching could be all at once, or broken up into as many chunks as makes sense for your workflow).
  • A PDF of the portion of our course material regarding the topic.
  • Access to our specific recipes regarding the course topic (e.g. how to make videos accessible).

Accessibility training for you

We can also work with you to populate a training plan that will ensure that every member of your community gets the specific training they need. Please tell us if you’d like us to provide more details about any or all of these topics. Furthermore, if you’d like to share more information about your audiences we can then work with you to provide more detail Full day courses can be split into two half-days.

Courses Roles typically present Maximum people per event Duration
Introduction to eAccessibility All groups (including executives, scrum masters, etc.) Unlimited half-day or full-day
eAccessibility for Section 508 and ADA, and Trusted Testers All groups (including executives, scrum masters, etc.) Unlimited half-day or full-day
What’s New in WCAG 2.1 Design team, dev team members already familiar with WCAG 2.0, coders Unlimited half-day or full-day
WCAG Deep Dive for Web teams Design team, dev team, coders Lecture: unlimited
Hands-on: 20
2-day or 3-day
Accessible development for apps and mobile sites Design team, dev team, coders Lecture: unlimited full-day
Building accessibility in as we go: Agile-friendly testing for web development teams Design team, dev team, coders Lecture: unlimited
Hands-on: 20
half-day or full-day, 2-day, 3-day
How to audit: accessible QA for sites, apps, and documents QA Teams (and dev teams with no dedicated QA team) Lecture: unlimited
Hands-on: 20
half-day or full-day, 2-day, 3-day
Writing for the Web with Accessibility in Mind Writers, editors, translators Lecture: unlimited
Hands-on: 20
half-day or full-day
WCAG 2 for Office: from Word and PowerPoint to PDF Writers, editors, translators Lecture: unlimited
Hands-on: 20
half-day or full-day
WCAG 2 for Word: accessible documents Writers, editors, translators Lecture: unlimited
Hands-on: 20
half-day or full-day
WCAG 2 for Word: accessible documents and templates for public servants Writers, editors, translators Lecture: unlimited
Hands-on: 20
half-day or full-day
Creating accessible presentations: from PowerPoint to PDF Writers, editors, designers Lecture: unlimited
Hands-on: 20
half-day or full-day
Accessible spreadsheets Writers, editors Lecture: unlimited
Hands-on: 20
half-day or full-day
Creating Accessible PDFs with Adobe InDesign Design team Lecture: unlimited
Hands-on: 20
one-day or two-day
Creating accessible forms: AcroForms and Adobe LiveCycle Designer Design and development teams Lecture: unlimited
Hands-on: 20
one-day or two-day
eAccessibility for Multimedia Teams Multimedia production teams, writers, editors, translators Lecture: unlimited
Hands-on: 20
half-day or full-day
Accessible instructional design [variants: general, Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, Blackboard] Instructional designers Lecture: unlimited
Hands-on: 20
half-day or full-day
Accessible virtual learning [variants: general, hybrid, Saba, WebEx, GoToWebinar/GoToMeeting] Instructional designers, Meeting planners, meeting coordinators, instructors Lecture: unlimited
Hands-on: 20
half-day or full-day
Introduction to employment standards: How to work with everyone Everyone Unlimited half-day
Introduction to Accessibility: at Work and in the Built Environment Everyone Unlimited half-day
Survival sign language: sensitivity and basic communications Everyone Unlimited half-day or full-day (onsite only)

Shaw Media talks about David Berman Communications onsite accessibility course

Transcript | Shaw Media talks about David Berman Communications onsite accessibility course

This is a transcript of the video Shaw Media talks about David Berman Communications onsite accessibility course.

 

(TEXT ON SCREEN: David Berman Communications Review, November 15 2016, Shaw Media)

(TEXT ON SCREEN: Andrew Davies, Experience Design Manager, Shaw Media)

(A man in a sweater faces the camera, and continues to do so throughout the video.)

My name’s Andrew Davies, and I’m the Manager of Experience Design for Shaw Media. My team of web designers and user experience designers are responsible for the maintenance and enhancements to all of our brand websites and applications. Those brands include Global TV, Global News, Food, HGTV, Slice, History, and Showcase.

My team will be embarking on a redesign of one of our major branded websites, and there was an opportunity for us to incorporate accessibility as part of this redesign. So essentially David came in for a full day of training for about 30 developers, 10 graphic designers, and my UX team. I was concerned that taking that many people out of their daily work schedule was going to be really hard on the business, and also be hard to keep those people engaged.

David used real-life examples, got people up and interacting. It was an amazing experience. Tremendous amount of feedback. People stayed for the entire session. Often times people would be jumping up for meetings in other full-day sessions. Not the case with David’s.

I’m very confident that moving forward we’re going to be able to incorporate all the best practices to make sure that our new branded websites will be fully accessible, and that we’ll achieve web accessibility accreditation.

(TEXT ON SCREEN: David Berman Communications Review, November 15 2016, Shaw Media)

[END OF TRANSCRIPT]

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Join our next online course

On November 12, 2020, David Berman presents eAccessibility: Office, InDesign, PDF, Web.

Whether you are new to eAccessibility or someone who wants to learn and understand more, David will convince you why universal design, then introduce you how to comply with the regulations that govern your sites and documents … while broadening your audience, driving down costs, and fulfilling your social responsibility and inclusion commitments.

Ready to join us at our next course?

Ready to join us at our next course?