Accessibility Innovation in Media and Creative Arts
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Summary

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Here is a reminder of the learning outcomes for this module.

  • Review the importance for mindfulness of accessibility and inclusion in the creation, production and evolution of media.
  • Establish the role of the Broadcasting Accessibility Fund in funding innovative projects that promote accessibility in broadcast media in Canada.
  • Value Canada’s role as a global leader in conceptualizing, building and expanding inclusive design in broadcast.

Accessibility matters. Not just in some parts of daily life, but in every aspect, including media which plays a vital role in informing us about the world we live in – and reflecting a shared human experience to each and every one of us.

When people with disabilities are included in the production and consumption of media, they have equal access to information in general and public life as a whole. If, on the other hand, people are not afforded the same access to media, they are deprived of information and excluded from full participation in society.

In this course, we have examined how to incorporate accessibility into every part of media creation in Canada. In each of the Modules, we have first established and then deepened an understanding of key aspects on Inclusive Design. It all starts with including accessibility in the very first stages of production, rather than approaching it as an afterthought that may or may not be included.

There are countless initiatives in Canada and around the world advocating for disability rights and universal design. The scope of work being done by dedicated professionals is exciting and innovative. Government organizations, production companies, tech start-ups, and many other groups are coming up with strategies to make media more inclusive.

Still, significant barriers exist for people with disabilities and lived experience. These are barriers that must be acknowledged, addressed and eliminated since a universal understanding of accessibility is a fundamental human right. Media creators in Canada have a crucial role to play in all this. They must always strive to advance toward a future that is inclusively designed for everyone. This will allow all of us to include, share and celebrate the experience of each person who calls Canada home.

To deepen your understanding, return to Blackboard and complete Module 6 Assessmentsopen new window.

As part of this course, we will be measuring possible attitudinal change towards accessibility in broadcast media. These anonymous online surveys will serve as data for further development of accessible and inclusive courses, for presentations at conferences and sharing with other educational institutions.

If you completed the Entry Survey, please click here to complete the Exit Survey.