Blogs and Articles

  1. What is Universal Design?

    By David Best, Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC), January 17, 2019
    Design is all around us, but for the most part it reflects the perception of the designer, and if the product or service fails your need then the design concepts are flawed. Design is the bridge that spans the digital divide to overcomes barriers between the delivery of information and the understanding knowledge that impacts life decisions. Design flaws are the barriers that keep people from benefiting from products and services. The accessibility core principles must be understood by all designers, if we are going to achieve universal inclusion within Canadian society. Universal Inclusive Design is based on Transparent Interfaces, Ubiquitous Access, and Adaptive levels of Engagement. Let us consider the barriers that must be removed, so as to close the digital divide.
  2. Let's Talk About A Digital Canada

    By David Best, Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC), April 11, 2018
    Join me at the 26th annual AEBC AGM - Our Journey, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, April 27-29, 2018. The conference will be held at the Metrotown Hilton in Burnaby, BC. For 25 years the AEBC has played a critical role in targeting its advocacy efforts to change the lives of Canadians who are blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted for the better. With the rapid deployment of technology, however, and the pace of change which surrounds us, the AEBC must learn to become a more nimble organization, capable of responding in a quick and effective way to the world around us. Join us to celebrate, reflect, engage with others, and give voice to AEBC in creating positive social change.
  3. Join the discussion on how to make government better

    By David Best, Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC), March 13, 2018
    The Creating Canada's 4th Plan on Open Government 2018 to 2020 is currently underway. The Canadian government is seeking your ideas, experiences, insights, and stories in making government better. What does Open Government mean to you? What is, or isn't, working well so far? This is your chance to help shape how our country is governed, and until June 2018 you can help decide what Open Government is, and the commitments for Canada's next plan on Open Government.
  4. Global Trends and the Impact on Prosperity

    By David Best, Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC), February 16, 2018
    Although most organizations want to do the right thing, each has a unique culture and business leaders that understand the effect of global trends will take the time to shape enterprise cultural values. Is the business case, of your organization, for disability based on legal compliance or inclusion best practices? Does management view the AODA enforcement as a business burden or a growth strategy? Do your software developers believe universal accessibility requirements introduce operational challenges or business opportunities? These are just some of the questions that business leaders must ask in order to close the gap of understanding between perception and reality. Providing accessible and usable technologies, that is fundamental to an organisation's core business objectives, must be clearly communicated by the senior business leaders to all employees, suppliers and partners.
  5. Digital Design Without Inclusive Accessibility Is Blind

    By David Best, Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC), November 9, 2017
    I have just returned from the three day inaugural FWD50 Canada's Digital Government conference, and would like to share my experience with you. I was invited to speak at the FWD50 Conference, on the growing digital communications gaps for blind Canadians. Earlier this year the Treasury Board of Canada launched the Canadian Digital Services (CDS) without any apparent user engagement strategy that included blind Canadians, which I believe should be a major concern. We need to be participants in the design and development of the CDS, and not just consumers of the end product.
  6. Canada's digital government conference

    Mike Gifford, LinkedIn, November 3, 2017
    It was a real pleasure for me to present at a FWD50 panel about Diversity and Inclusion. The FWD50 Three-day conference, leading minds in government and technology come together to redefine what is possible in an era of digital systems and connected citizens, held at the Aberdeen Pavilion in Ottawa.
  7. Launch Of The Canadian Digital Service

    By David Best, Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC), July 23, 2017
    As a follow up on the government's Budget 2017 commitment, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) undertook a cross-country engagement process, Between September 2016 and February 2017, to solicit ideas and perspectives on an emerging Government of Canada approach to improving digital service delivery.
  8. Guelph Accessibility Conference 2017

    AMI Inside, Season 3, Episode 16, July 13, 2017
    AMI Inside travels to Guelph University for the 9th annual Accessibility Conference, one of the largest of its kind in Canada, featuring compelling sessions focused on the importance of achieving inclusion. BlindSquare starting at 15:00 for 10 minutes.
  9. Creating New Barriers

    By David Best, Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC), April 22, 2017
    If we are to meet the Ontario goal of a barrier-free society by 2025, the AODA standards must prohibit the creation of any new barriers immediately. According to the OHRC report the proposed Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) fails to identify basic human rights principles to guide its overall interpretation.
  10. Confronting Real World Challenges in the Digital Age

    By David Best, Lime Network Blog (Lessons from the Road), March 29, 2013
    The Lime Network is an exclusive resource for university students and professionals with disabilities. Preparing For Career Success, Moving Beyond Job Survival & Accessible Workplace Technologies.