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Breaking Barriers: Unlocking Business Potential Through Accessibility
May 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFREE
Join WEtech Alliance and EPICentre on Global Accessibility Awareness Day for a virtual session featuring accessibility advocate and expert David Best. In this session, we will explore the benefits of improving accessibility for your company and your workplace and how it can unlock business potential. David will share his insights and expertise on best practices for making companies and workplaces more accessible, along with real-world examples of successful accessibility initiatives. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to make your company and organization more inclusive and accessible to all.
About Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD): Thursday, May 18, 2023, helps celebrate the 12th Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)! The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than One Billion people with disabilities/impairments. For more information, visit https://accessibility.day/.
About David Best, Accessibility Consultant
As an Accessibility IT Specialist, with more than 35 years of working experience, in software design and development, project management, diversity leadership, and disability advocacy, David is persistent in seeking out accessibility business best practice solutions. Recently retired from IBM, David is now an entrepreneur actively supporting Ontario organizations with accessibility awareness. As an Information Technology Specialist, an Accessibility Consultant, a Digital Inclusion Advocate, and an Assistive Technology user, David have experienced the digital divide, confronted workplace challenges, implemented best practice inclusion strategies, mentored peer support group initiatives, facilitated web design workshops, and promoted emerging technologies that inspire independence and confidence.
As an Information Technology Specialist, David works with software developers (D2L, Google Angular, Rangle.io, Loblaws, George Brown College, Panasonic, Ontario Public Service, Etc.), in creating knowledge skills for accessibility and usability software design, development and testing.
As an Accessibility Consultant, David is an Appointee to the Ontario government AODA advisory council, Brock University Accessibility Advisory Council member, and supports forward thinking organizations with accessibility subject matter expertise.
As a Digital Inclusion Advocate, David is a frequent speaker at software and accessibility conferences (Canadian International and the Ontario Digital Summits), facilitator for training workshops, supports emerging innovation augmented reality tools, and gives voice to the digital communication needs of blind Canadians.