Not everyone out there relies on a mouse or a trackpad when using their computers.

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A close-up of two extended hands, palms facing up, one holding a blue pill and the other one holding a red pill.
A remake of the iconic scene from The Matrix, when Morpheus holds up two extended hands, palms facing up, respectively holding a blue and a red jelly bean.

We’ve all been kicking off 2021 in a myriad of ways so far, and next Monday, I’ll be kicking mine off again, this time with my monthly appearance on the Now with Dave Brown morning show on AMI-Audio.

This month, I’ll be talking to Dave about a reality that is unbeknownst to most of us: which is that for millions of people out there who can’t fully use a mouse to navigate online and need to rely on the use of their keyboard or assistive technology that relies on robust keyboard support, casually browsing the web is an inefficient, frustrating…


Acknowledging stress cases and designing for the extremes.

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Close up of a napkin with a hand-drawn bell curve.
Close up of a napkin with a hand-drawn bell curve.

One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to inclusion in the digital space typically occurs when I discuss website redesigns with members of a cross-functional team, or strategic plans to build out accessibility roadmaps with business stakeholders. At some point or another, almost invariably, someone who’s otherwise well-intentioned will refer to the needs and expectations of people with disabilities as being just another series of edge cases.

I’ll tell you right off the bat, the words “edge cases” just make my skin crawl.

What these people mean by that, of course, is simply that the particular needs of…


Two hands on a laptop computer keyboard, with icons representing concepts of compliance, regulations, legal and checklists.
Two hands on a laptop computer keyboard, with icons representing concepts of compliance, regulations, legal and checklists.
Birds-eye view of two hands on a laptop computer keyboard, with a series of icons representing concepts of compliance, regulations, legal, and checklist considerations.

Despite a pandemic that has kept most of us on major lockdowns, and United States politics that have monopolized much of the Canadian airwaves in the first few weeks of the new year, January turned out to be a pretty interesting month from a digital inclusion standpoint, with two major milestones for Canadians with Disabilities all over the country. Sadly, these events flew under most people’s radars.

So, to honor their expected influence on the digital accessibility landscape moving forward, my next appearance on the Now with Dave Brown morning show on AMI-Audio (live at around 9:25 am Eastern this…


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Close up picture of a surprised middle-aged latin man with sunglasses, surrounded by heaps of $100 bills
Close up picture of a surprised middle-aged latin man with sunglasses, surrounded by heaps of $100 bills.

As someone who’s been tirelessly advocating for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the digital space for over 20 years, I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve had to explain to people that accessibility is more than just a business expense. As the old saying goes, if I’d been given a dollar for every time that someone brought up the argument that “people with disabilities have no money anyway” to justify their inactions towards accessible content and more inclusive design, well, let’s just say I’d be much closer to financial independence than I am today.

“Blind people…


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Closeup of two women in co-working space, reading a text message on a mobile device with a laptop computer in the background.

I can hardly believe it’s already been close to 4 weeks since I joined the AMI-Audio’s team with my monthly digital inclusion segment on the Now with Dave Brown morning show. In our first installment, Dave and I discussed that these segments would be about the inclusion of people with disabilities in the digital space, how web accessibility standards were always playing catch up with the latest advances in technology, and how we’re hoping to make these segments about the listeners and the unique challenges they are running into, as they’re trying to efficiently use the web.

Our next segment…


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Close up of a professional microphone and sound wave form in the background.
Close up of a professional microphone and sound wave form in the background.

About three weeks ago (how time flies!), I wrote about starting a brand new, monthly digital inclusion segment on AMI-Audio’s morning show, Now with Dave Brown. Thanks again to the host, Dave Brown and his team for the wonderful opportunity!

It was a delightful experience, and next Monday, October 19th, will be my second contribution to the show. More on that in another post.

But in the meantime, if you didn’t get a chance to catch the first episode live, you can still catch it on the following platforms:

Some of you…


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Close up of a microphone and audio console in a radio studio.
Close up of a microphone and audio console in a radio studio.

I’ve been sitting on this one for a while, but I have exciting news! Starting next Monday, September 21st, I will appear as a contributor to Dave Brown’s excellent morning show, Now with Dave Brown, on AMI-TV and AMI-Audio. The show is broadcasted live on weekdays between 9 am and 11 am eastern and explores the latest news, entertainment, sports, and current events through a disability lens. …


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Artificial intelligence has the potential to change the way people with disabilities go about their lives.

Building blocks of artificial intelligence, powered by machine learning and neural networks, are changing the way people with disabilities go about their lives. It changes how they communicate and interact with the world around them. As we integrate these bricks, we have the power to improve the experience people have, using our sites and applications.

As we’re jumping on the AI bandwagon, how can we leverage the technology to ease the development of the next generation of products? And in doing so, how can we ensure no prejudice is caused to those who use the Web differently? Visual information not…


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A common representation of a multi-tiered neural network, made up of many layers of models, where each layer takes input from the previous layer, processes it, and outputs it to the next layer.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is all the rage right now. Chances are your news feeds and social media timelines are filled with articles predicting how AI will change the way we will interact with the world around us. Everything from the way we consume content, conduct business, interact with our peers, transport ourselves, and earn a living is going to be affected by AI-related innovations. The revolution has already begun.

While the technology is still imperfect, significant milestones have been reached in the past 18 months. Milestones that show without the shadow of a doubt that AI can improve the lives…


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About 1 out of every 7 audience member will experience some kind of disability

As public speakers, we all spend time, energy, and a fair bit of money making sure that our content and slides are visually appealing, professional, readable, and engaging. We carefully choose our words, content, visuals and music to create the best experience for the audience in front of us.

But are we really making it the best experience possible for our audience? How do we know if our audience is receiving the message that we’re putting out?

Have we considered the possibility of disability? …

Denis Boudreau

Principal #a11y Consultant & Training Lead. Speaker. CAPS Montreal 2020–2021 President. Inklusiv Communication. CPWA. Antiracist. Anti-Fascist. #BLM. He/Him.

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