Spring Reflections

teacup on a saucer with daffodils

I thought I’d start off by saying I’m in my final month of the Accessible Media Production (AMP) program at Mohawk College. For anyone who’s interested, the AMP program is the first of its kind in Ontario to focus on producing inclusive content for television, print and online.

So far, we’ve gained a better understanding of the AODA legislation with insight into issues that affect the disability community. We also received hands-on training on remediating Word documents, auditing websites and closed captioning.

Here’s a video from Accessible Media Inc. who came by in February to do a segment on the program, as part of their AMI This Week show.

Video accessibility: to turn on captions, click on CC (Subtitles/closed captions) on the bottom right

Making Real Life Connections

As part of my program requirements, I’m completing a field placement with Pearson Canada, an education company. I’m helping their Digital Studio look at accessibility across their K-12 and Higher Ed products. It’s been a fantastic opportunity to get exposure to the education sector and get more comfortable with assistive technology.

This fall, I plan to apply for a Master’s in Educational Technology (MET) through the University of British Columbia.

I want to merge my design background and newly acquired accessible media skills in making digital education more inclusive.

Looking Ahead

Right now, I’m wrapping up the AMP program with a final course on Social Media, Accessibility and Analytics. Although I admit I’m not a heavy user of social media, I understand its immense popularity. I’m also looking forward to going through Google’s Analytics training and getting an insider look at how/what data is tracked.