AccessibilityConsulting.ca is a collective of digital accessibility subject matter experts, specializing in the field of education and information and communication technologies (ICT).
We are individual consultants motivated to work together to provide digital accessibility education.
Contact us at info@AccessibilityConsulting.ca.
Jennifer Curry Jahnke, M.Ed., IAAP CPACC
Jennifer is an award winning post-secondary educator and academic researcher. She is the creator of Mohawk College’s former Accessible Media Production graduate certificate program and micro-credentials. Jennifer has worked as a faculty member, administrator, and consultant with academic institutions and organizations across Canada for over 15 years. Her experience in higher education includes: Counsellor with Accessible Learning Services, AODA Project Manager, Accessibility Consultant, Faculty and Program Coordinator. Her ability to build industry and academic relationships make her a sought-after accessibility researcher and grant lead.
As a digital accessibility expert, Jennifer is an active member of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act’s (AODA) Education Standard Development Committee, Accessible Canada Act’s Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Standard Development Committee, the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP), and the founding coordinator for #a11yHAM meetup group.
Our Design Educator focuses on the idea that “accessible design is simply good design”. With a concentration on inclusive design our Design Educator works with educational content creators to improve existing offerings and designing new ones that ensure all students can benefit from online educational opportunities.
Aiann is passionate about creating accessible and meaningful design solutions. Since graduating from York University/Sheridan College Program in Design (BDes ’11), she has worked in-house for organizations such as the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, Women’ College Hospital and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She has led the design and technical development of print and digital communications from websites, annual reports to fundraising campaigns. Past freelance design clients include ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development, Mohawk College and Owlkids Books. Currently, Aiann works in provincial government supporting web content accessibility and publishing.
Aiann holds a Master of Educational Technology (MET ’22) from the University of British Columbia (UBC), with a special interest in emerging technologies, inclusive online learning and knowledge exchange practices. At UBC, she provided instructional design for McGill University’s online training program on population analytics and aging, and co-designed a game prototype on rethinking disability.
She has been a past speaker at the Annual Accessibility Conference at the University of Guelph, and at OCADU’s Inclusive Design Research Centre. In her spare time, Aiann volunteers with the Yonge Street Mission teaching web design to children and mentoring youth instructors.
Our Document Educator ensures that documents can be used in different ways by the widest range of users, not just by persons with disabilities or people who use assistive technology. Documents may be created using a variety of software, such as Microsoft (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.), Google (Docs, Slides, Sheets, etc.), Adobe (PDF), Foxit (PDF), InDesign, etc. Accessible documents are well designed and well written – including writing using plain and inclusive language.
Karen McCall, M.Ed
Karen is the owner of Karlen Communications. With over 22 years experience, Karen provides strategic planning, consulting and education on accessible content design/creation and inclusive education. Karen has been an advocate for a global inclusive education standard since 2009.
Her experience as an international leader in accessible content design includes participation in the following committees: ISO 32000 (PDF), ISO 14289 (PDF/Universal Access), International Association for Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) Accessible Document Specialist (ADS) Credential, Technical Standards Committee for Plain Language and Technical Standards Committee for ICT, both part of the Accessible Canada Act.
Her book “Accessible and Usable PDF: Techniques for Document Authors” was first published in 2005, with the fourth edition published in 2017. She has written books on accessible Word and PowerPoint content, and how to use Microsoft Office applications from the keyboard. She has been a Microsoft MVP for Office Apps and Services since 2009, and a Microsoft Accessibility MVP since the category was created in 2014. Karen conducts research on how those with disabilities access digital content.
Our Media Educator works with video content creators to design and develop videos that are usable across the widest range of individuals of varying abilities. Accessible media is media that has been designed to include closed/open captioning, sign language, audio description (AD)/described video (DV), integrated AD/DV, regular transcripts and descriptive transcripts. Live AD/DV includes live events and educational environments that are face-to-face, virtual, hybrid, and synchronous or asynchronous.
Joanne Henry, MSc., MBA
Joanne is the Founder of Lakeshore Media Services. A leading specialist in described video and media accessibility. Over the past 15 years, Joanne has led the creation and production of more than 15,000 hours of DV.
Joanne is a strong proponent of innovation who works closely with industry professionals to promote accessibility and inclusion. She contributed to the development of the Best Practices Guidelines for Postproduction and Live DV (Audio Description) in association with Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB). Joanne was part of the former Accessible Media Production program at Mohawk College, where she taught DV.
Organizational Change Educator
Our Organizational Change Educator works with academic institutions and organizations through the process of becoming accessible. This may include shifting the institutional mindset and culture, altering a major component of the organizational framework or technologies, to developing new processes to improve operations and meet new challenges.
Pina D’Intino, M.ID., PMI, IAAP (CPACC)
Giuseppina (Pina) D’Intino is the owner of Aequum Global Access Inc., where she is a sought-out international accessibility speaker and entrepreneur. Pina has over 30 years of experience working with large organizations, municipalities, provincial and federal government, financial institutions and more, where she turns their accessibility visions into reality.
Pina is a strong advocate for disability rights and inclusion. She serves as a Special Advisor to Minister Carla Qualtrough on the development of a Canadian Business Disability and Inclusion Network. Pina is the co-chair of the Canadian Accessibility Network (CAN), the Canadian representative for the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs G3 – Smart City, a member of the AODA’s Information and Communication Standards and Employment Standards Committees, and an active member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals.
Teaching & Learning Educator
Our Teaching & Learning Educator works with administration, academic departments, faculty, and staff to support the development, delivery, and advancement of inclusive and accessible curriculum and experiences. This includes, preparing course outlines and assessment structures, creating learning activities and assignments, designing inclusive learning environments, planning flexible learning for exceptional circumstances, selecting appropriate educational technology, exploring class engagement strategies, and supporting inclusive and accessible scholarship of teaching and learning.
Lianne Fisher, M.A. (PhD student Educational Studies)
For the last decade Lianne has worked to enhance and advance teaching and learning in post-secondary education. She entered educational development from working with students with disabilities as a learning strategist and this experience has always informed her educational approach.
She continues to use principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), active learning, culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogies, and reflective practice in her work; while continually returning to anti-ableism to reassess and revise. Also, alignment between design, instructional practices, and assessment—to design for the edges—is integral to her work and her reflection. Lianne taught Diversity Perspectives as part of the former Accessible Media Production program (AMP). Part of this course reflected on how particular beliefs and practices (positive and negative) about disability, influence accessible and inaccessible design.
Her focus and commitment to teaching more learners more of the time, whether it is learners in a classroom, a professional development (PD) workshop, or people who teach and facilitate PD, this commitment continues through her domestic and international work as an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) facilitator and trainer. As a specialist in Educational Development she consults with individuals, small groups, and programs, to design and modify courses, classes, and curricula.
Our Web Educator focuses on removing barriers in the digital learning environment. Starting with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and incorporating usability and humanizing learning strategies to ensure all digital environments are accessible for all students and staff. This includes education to support the accessibility and compliance of our public facing websites, internal applications, learning management systems, etc.
As a web accessibility specialist, Sandi has been developing modern, accessible websites for over 15 years. She also coaches designers, developers, and content producers on best practices for meeting web accessibility guidelines.
She has led workshops for businesses, municipalities and web development firms on web accessibility and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). She has spoken at conferences and has appeared as a web accessibility expert in webinars. Sandi developed the curriculum and taught Web Content and Social Media Accessibility at Mohawk College as part of the former Accessible Media Production Graduate Certificate program. Management and technical audiences welcome her clear, common-sense approach.