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Leading the Way with Accessible Teaching

As a public relations (PR) and strategic communications educator at Durham College (DC), I’ve embarked on a profound journey toward creating a classroom where every student is seen, heard and supported.

My dedication to digital accessibility is more than compliance. Access to information is a human right, so it plays a massive role in every decision I make as an educator and professional communicator. It’s about dismantling barriers and creating a learning environment that welcomes everyone equally. By embedding these principles into my teaching, I hope to instill a lifelong commitment to inclusivity in my students.

So, how do I ensure I’m being inclusive by being accessible in the classroom?

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IABC/Toronto OVATION Awards

The International Association of Business Communicators hosted the Ovation Awards in Toronto last week. Matisse Hamel-Nelis recaps the event.

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Why digital accessibility should be part of every PR professional’s strategy

As a PR professional today, digital accessibility is not just a technical requirement; it’s a strategic asset that can significantly enhance your toolkit. By ensuring your digital content is accessible, you not only comply with various legal standards but also open your brand to a broader audience, enriching user engagement and ultimately positively impacting your bottom line.

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Highlight: A11yTO Camp

In this NOW with Dave Brown Highlight: The #a11yTO Camp took place over the weekend in Toronto. Matisse Hamel-Nelis attended and shared some of her takeaways from the event.

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The Importance of Accessibility in PR and Communications

When it comes to public relations (PR) and communications, we’ve seen digital accessibility come to the forefront of our work — not just as a legal obligation, but as a strategic imperative. Ensuring that messages are universally accessible is paramount for organizations aiming to foster inclusivity and reach broader audiences.

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A11yTO Camp

The a11yTO Camp took place over the weekend in Toronto. Matisse Hamel-Nelis was there and shares some of her takeaways from the event.

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The Essential Lens of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) in Professional Communication

Today’s world is a constantly shifting kaleidoscope of cultures, languages, backgrounds, and abilities. Recognizing and adapting to this diverse environment is vital in the business landscape. This is particularly true for professional communicators, who are the architects of their organizations’ public face and voice. Indeed, an integrated approach towards inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) is no longer a luxury but a prerequisite for successful communication.

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Accessible Content Creation: The Key to Becoming a Better Communicator

You are missing an entire audience every time you ignore this one key practice. According to the World Health Organization, you are missing approximately 16% of the global population, or 1.3 billion people. What is this key practice exactly? Accessibility.

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Coffee Chat with Matisse Hamel-Nelis

Here, we have a coffee chat we recorded with Matisse Hamel-Nelis. You will learn a lot about non-profit organizations, in-house corporate roles and diversity, equity and inclusion communications.

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I Am Matisse Hamel-Nelis, Here Is What Public Relations Means To Me

July 16, 2022 is World PR Day and public relations and communications professional around the globe are recognizing and celebrating the industry they work in.  PR In Canada took some time to catch up with practitioners representing  the agency and client side to talk about the changing business of public relations as part of our latest series – What Public Relations Means To Me.

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PR & Lattes: Matisse's Weekly Podcast

Created to expand resources available to PR practitioners, PR & Lattes is a collaborative space where professional communicators (emerging, new and established) can share their insights and ideas on public relations, communications and marketing topics.

The weekly PR & Lattes podcast host Matisse Hamel-Nelis chats with industry leaders about topics they’re passionate about.

On the blog, various contributors share monthly articles focused on their specialties in the field. Read different perspectives from emerging, new and established communicators who concentrate on everything from trends to case studies and personal insights to tips and tricks.

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