Ottawa, ON – December 6th, 2013 marked the first ever Capital Accessibility Summit in Ottawa, ON hosted by NetCentric Technologies.  The day-long event took place at Hotel Indigo in the Canadian Capital of Ottawa, where a large group of accessibility-focused professionals gathered to discuss accessibility importance, standards, and solutions.  The event also highlighted WCAG 2.0 standards as well as standards in relation to AODA, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

NetCentric Technologies’ Ferass ElRayes spoke in regards to Accessibility Standards and PDF Accessibility, referencing his long background and role in the accessibility industry.  David Berman of David Berman Communications delivered the keynote address on the importance and origins of accessibility.  David Berman’s background specializes in social responsibility for graphic designers and he speaks at international and local conferences about their impact on enhancing social conditions around the world.  He was an invaluable addition to our first Capital Accessibility Summit.

Bob Hall, also of NetCentric Technologies, led a demonstration of CommonLook PDF and CommonLook Office, showcasing how the CommonLook tools assist users in achieving accessibility for their electronic documents.  Finally, Rob Bender and Michael Porc of CNIB, a voluntary non profit rehabilitation agency that provides services for Canadians who are blind, visually impaired, and deafblind, demonstrated other assistive technologies.

The event was an overall success and NetCentric Technologies is proud to be able to spark positive discussion and advancement within the accessibility industry in Canada.  For more information in regards to the event, or to stay up-to-date for future events in Canada or in the United States, please contact Karen Strong at

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