Accessibility in Communications

Sep 7 2017 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Accessibility in Communications
with James Helm, Dale Rogers Training Center

Website headaches: for some individuals, they go way beyond broken links, images that don't display correctly, and overall functionality issues. In a day and age where we have accessible buildings, signs, parks and more, shouldn't your website be accessible to all, too? James Helm, public relations coordinator at Dale Rogers Training Center, will discuss web accessibility principles with real examples and actionable steps. Join us to learn more about accessible content and how it can help you reach more people seeking information about your brand. He will also discuss the broader topic of accessibility in communications and the importance of "People First" language when addressing stories of people with disabilities.

James Helm

James Helm is a reformed, award-winning journalist now making a mark in the nonprofit world at Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC), Oklahoma’s oldest and largest employment center for people with disabilities. He joined the DRTC team in 2015 after 10 years in local TV news as an associate producer, producer and executive producer.

The amount of hats worn in his new role hasn’t changed, but the types certainly have. Tasked with redesigning and, James quickly learned the nuances of web accessibility, implementing key design principles online to benefit people of all abilities.

In 2017, James was recognized as one of the Journal Record’s Achievers Under 40. James is a member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Oklahoma City, Happy Trails Civitan Club, and Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble. James graduated Oklahoma State University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism in 2004. He resides in Piedmont with his wife of 13 years and two children.

The luncheon will be held at the Boldt Construction building at 100 W. Hefner Rd. Oklahoma City, OK 73114 (Click here for a Google Map). Please be sure to get there in time for networking — from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The actual luncheon will be from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

IABC Members and Students pay only $20 per person. Non-members are welcome for $30 each. If you have any questions about registration or want to RSVP but want to pay at the door, send us an email and we'll get you all fixed up.

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