This post was written by former student, Anne Zbitnew.
In fall 2016, the School of Media Studies and Information Technology at Humber College received a grant from the Broadcasting Accessibility Fund for a project called Making Accessible Media: Accessible Design in Broadcast Media.
Making Accessible Media: Accessible Design in Broadcast Media was designed for broadcast media professionals, other post-secondary institutions, and all Canadians. This fully accessible open source online course, offered in French and English, focuses on the representation of disability in broadcast media; transcription, captioning; described video and live captioning for broadcast; alternative text for image description and tutorials on how to make documents and presentations inclusive and accessible. The website includes a built-in screen reader and magnifier; all video is captioned and transcribed and original video is accompanied by ASL video; captioned video tutorials with transcripts and accessible PDF descriptions and more.
Making Accessible Media: Accessible Design in Broadcast Media is offered through Humber’s School of Media Studies & Information Technology to all 4,000+ Media Studies students, helping to shape the next generation of broadcast experts. While this course offers practical insight into how to make media accessible in the final stages of production, it also reminds that accessibility should not be an afterthought but part of the initial development process. One of the mandates of this course is to raise awareness of the systemic, attitudinal, physical, information and technological barriers that interrupt accessibility in current broadcast media practices.
The course is made possible by a generous grant to the School of Media Studies and Information Technology at Humber from The Broadcasting Accessibility Fund, which supports innovative projects providing solutions to promote the accessibility of all broadcasting content in Canada.
As broadcasting content becomes widely available across many platforms – televisions, computers, phones – it is critical to ensure that persons with disabilities are provided with the practical and technical means to access this content. The Broadcasting Accessibility Fund (BAF) was established for this purpose. The BAF supports projects that address a range of accessibility needs, and encourages project submissions from a variety of applicants and expects that applicants will employ inclusive design, which sees accessibility built in at the earliest possible stage of its development. The BAF supports projects that work to advance accessibility to content across all platforms, and contribute to a model for innovation that will establish Canada as an international leader in broadcasting accessibility.
Here is a link to the project: http://www.humber.ca/makingaccessiblemedia/index.html
And some of the key features of each module.
Module One-Introduction to Accessible Design in Broadcast Media
Representation of Disability in Media
Media Models of Disability
Module Two-Creating Accessible Audio Content
Manual Transcription and Tips for Transcribing
American Sign Language and Quebec Sign Language
Transcription and Captioning at Humber College
Module Three-Captions for Video and Live Events
Captioned Video and Tips for Captioning Video
Video Captioning Format and Grammar
Captions for Live Broadcast
Module Four-Creating Described Video for Broadcast Media
Integrated Described Video
Module Five-Designing Inclusive Images and Words
Writing in Plain Language
Alternative Text and Screen Readers
Designing Accessible Documents and Presentations
Module Six-Accessibility Innovation in Broadcast Media
Broadcasting Accessibility Fund
Broadcast and Beyond
Choosing Inclusive Language and Style Guide
Making Accessible Media: Documenting Our Process
For more information, contact:
Project Lead: Anne Zbitnew firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Manager: Jennie Grimard email@example.com
Broadcast Media Expert: Mike Karapita firstname.lastname@example.org