Virtual Accessibility Webinar with the NEADS Team (April 13, 12 p.m. EDT)
Algonquin Anishinaabe Territory / Ottawa, ON
Virtual Accessibility Webinar with the NEADS Team
Join the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) on April 13th at 12pm EDT for an educational webinar on virtual accessibility! In our increasingly virtual world, we all have a role in ensuring #VirtualAccess4All, and the NEADS Team is ready to help you do your part! Carly Fox, Researcher and Communications Officer, will discuss the key elements of accessible graphic design and provide some best practices for posting accessibly online. Aliyah Petzak-Grant, NEADS' Website Manager, will explore the tech-side of NEADS' many websites and explain all the behind-the-scenes work required to keep our websites accessible to all. Finally, Alan Bridgeman, IT Support, guides the audience through creating accessible PDFs and word documents.
Closed captioning will be provided. Online registration is required - please register here. This event is supported by Employment and Social Development Canada and is a feature of our Virtual Access for All webinar series.
More About the Speakers
Carly Fox (she/her) is a Researcher and Communications Officer for NEADS, a second-year International Development student at the University of Ottawa, and a disability advocate. In her disability advocacy, Fox draws on her experiences with chronic and mental illness to raise awareness of the unique challenges faced by those with invisible disabilities, primarily through speaking engagements and her blog. Carly's advocacy has resulted in numerous speaking engagements, notably at uOttawa's International Development Week (2021 & 2022), and with Take A Pain Check (2021 & 2022).
Aliyah Petzak-Grant (she/her) is NEADS' Website Manager, a creative and driven website designer, and a passionate disability advocate. As NEADS' Website Manager, Aliyah oversees multiple sites including disabilityawards.ca - the largest online directory of disability-specific scholarships. Past work experience includes Researcher for the Accessible Career Transitions Project (now ACT to Employ). While earning her degree in psychology at Carleton University, Aliyah also volunteered with the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities. Outside of work, Aliyah enjoys playing board games, Dungeons and Dragons, and spending quality time with her dog.
Alan Bridgeman (he/him) is a visually impaired full-time software engineer working in document encryption for Microsoft Vancouver, and NEADS' IT Support. Originally from Winnipeg, Alan graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2020 after a 7-year bachelor in Computer Science. His passion, expertise, and experience in digital accessibility has encouraged him to carry out additional contract work in website development, document remediation, technical support, and boarder technology adoption.
Carly Fox (she/her/elle), Researcher and Communications Officer, National Educational Association of Disabled Students, firstname.lastname@example.org
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