Inclusive Media and Design to conduct research for ROAM
Report on Accessible Media (ROAM) is an initiative of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), with support from the Government of Ontario as a part of the EnAbling Change Program. This program is an initiative of the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario and provides financial support and expertise to organizations to educate an industry or sector across the province on their obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
OCUL is pleased to announce that we have commissioned Inclusive Media and Design (IMD) to conduct research for the ROAM research project. OCUL looks forward to working with them on this initiative and would like to share the following statement from Inclusive Media and Design by way of introduction.
Statement on behalf of Inclusive Media and Design
Fair and Objective Evaluation
Inclusive Media and Design aims to help provide “access for all” in its role as a service provider to organizations and institutions on matters related to AODA compliance. In support of the provincial goal of achieving an accessible Ontario by 2025, OCUL will leverage IMD’s practical knowledge and expertise to produce an assessment of current accessible media production practices across Ontario university libraries. Acknowledging its existing position as a service provider within the industry, Inclusive Media and Design will conduct this research in an objective and transparent manner and to the high standard of academic research warranted by Ontario's academic libraries.
Realizing goals of the ROAM project will involve researching a competitive market utilizing a variety of techniques and considerations. The project’s research methodologies will be developed collaboratively with the guidance from the ROAM Steering Committee. The final report of the ROAM project will also be subject to third-party review. This approach will help ensure the final report delivers the essential information needed for Ontario's university libraries to review current practices and evaluate how to best meet the digital media accessibility requirements of the AODA. Ontario universities may in turn continue their work in preserving and disseminating information in a manner that welcomes all of our academic community members.