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We hope 2014 has been a productive year for Accessibility throughout Ontario and the whole of Canada.  We, at NetCentric Technologies, have witnessed many changes in the accessibility industry since our last meeting in December 2013.  Since last year was such a success, we’re at it again to bring a gathering of the minds to your front door on Monday December 15th, 2014.

Seasoned professionals and newcomers to the accessibility industry are invited to attend NetCentric’s Second Annual Capital Accessibility Seminar.

Discussions and Information Session Topics

    • Accessibility standards in Ontario and Canada
    • Document and web accessibility solutions and best practices
    • What’s changed in accessibility since 2013 and what to expect in 2015
    • and Why accessibility should be a standard in every office

Keynote Speakers

David Berman

David brings over 25 years of experience in design, strategy, IT, design and project management to his work. David is also Chair of Carleton University’s Carleton Access Network for accessible information technology. David worked in the federal government as a computer systems analyst before turning his hobby of graphic design into his career. David brings his experience as a designer, strategist, project manager, and trainer, to his consultancy in process, information architecture, and communications strategy. He has provided design and consulting work for the International Space Station (corporate identity), Health Canada (Web strategy), The World Bank (design), the Sierra Club (identity), Statistics Canada (public Web site strategy), Canada Revenue Agency (Web strategy), and Treasury Board Secretariat (Web development and facilitation), as well as extensive work involving applying content management principles and common look and feel guidelines to large government Web sites. We have performed accessibility audits and reviews on both government and business Websites in over 25 countries and for Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web Foundation.

David worked extensively on a pilot project aimed at publishing Canadian legislation in clear language and design. This resulted in the federal government contracting David to develop a white paper for the Prime Minister’s Office. He has provided strategic and process advice to dozens of Canadian federal departments and agencies. David has provided consultancy, training and testing to IBM, Statistics Canada, and the Norwegian Design Council on accessibility issues, and has worked on over a dozen federal Web sites where such an appreciation is mandatory.

His speaking career has brought him to over 40 countries.

In 2000, David was elected Vice-President Ethics of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, and is currently the national Ethics Chair. He is also a vice-president and Sustainability Chair of Icograda, the world body for graphic design, and has served the ISO standards committee for signage and accessible PDF.

Greg Pisocky – Senior Accessibility Consultant, NetCentric Technologies
Greg brings a wealth of knowledge of PDF accessibility that has been built over many years of working closely with PDF users across the country coupled with his time at Adobe. He also brings a strong commitment to PDF accessibility and to working with advocacy groups to ensure accessible electronic information is available to all.


  • Rob Bender is the Assistive Technology Specialist at CNIB. His role is to provide assessments to determine which technology will best meet the needs of blind and partially sighted people, and enable them to achieve their goals.
    He conducts assessments for home, school and for use at work. He also is called upon from time to time to test web pages and other documents for accessibility. He is attending the summit to provide a user perspective and also to gain much valuable information on the accessibility standards.
  • Robert Hall  With over eight years of focus on PDF accessibility, Bob Hall is the leading product specialist for NetCentric Technologies.Bob specializes in adherence to the Section 508, WCAG 2.0 and AODA compliance standards for online content.  Since 2006, Bob has provided trainings and workshops, not only for the CommonLook suite of tools, but for accessibility best practices in general, to countless organizations in the public and private sectors throughout the United States and Canada.

Event Information

2nd Annual Capital Accessibility Seminar
Monday December 15th, 2014
9:00am – 1:00pm EST
Carleton University – River Building, Room 2224-2228

Time Table

  • 9 – 10 a.m. David Berman, David Berman Communications – New Standard on Accessibility
  • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Greg Pisocky, NetCentric Technologies – Beyond the Web, A Standards Based Approach to Document Accessibility
  • 11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Rob Bender/ Ron Hu, CNIB – Introduction to Assistive Technology
  • 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Bob Hall, NetCentric Technologies – PDF Accessibility Simplified – Accessibility the CommonLook Way
  • 12:45 – 2 p.m. Net-Working Luncheon

Registration is FREE to all attendees, but seating is limited.  Please register online or through email.

Contact Information

Point of Contact: Kristina McBane
Title: Account Executive, NetCentric Technologies
Phone: (613) 270-9582 ext. 1030

Click here to register for the Capital Accessibility Seminar 2014!

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