TORONTO, May 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that it has become an official member organization of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

With more than 400 members world-wide, W3C is an organization that facilitates the creation of standards that shape web technology. One of its primary goals is to make the Web widely accessible to all people regardless of hardware, software, network infrastructure, native language, culture, geographical location, physical or mental ability. AMI shares similar values with a strong focus on inclusion, empowerment and innovation.

“AMI is proud to become a member of the W3C and have the opportunity to work with such forward-thinking international organizations,” explains Chris O’Brien, AMI’s Accessibility Officer. “The Internet is a ubiquitous force, and as it continues merging with common technologies, such as television, it's essential that we foster inclusivity. Joining the W3C family allows AMI to lend its expertise and passion for accessibility and to help shape the technology of tomorrow.”

Moving forward, AMI will collaborate with the W3C wherever possible and help to develop standards and create technology that meet the needs of its audience.

Chris O’Brien, AMI’s Accessibility Officer is available for interviews. To arrange an interview please contact Janis Davidson Pressick at Janis.davidsonpressick@ami.ca.

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About Accessible Media Inc.

Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a not-for-profit multimedia organization serving more than five million Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, mobility or print restricted. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-télé in French, AMI’s mission is to make accessible media for all Canadians. To learn more visit AMI.ca and AMItele.ca.

About the World Wide Web Consortium

The mission of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is to lead the Web to its full potential by creating technical standards and guidelines to ensure that the Web remains open, accessible, and interoperable for everyone around the globe. W3C standards HTML5 and CSS are the foundational technologies upon which all Web sites are built. For its work to make online videos more accessible with captions and subtitles, W3C received a 2016 Emmy Award.

W3C's vision for "One Web" brings together thousands of dedicated technologists representing more than 400 member organizations and dozens of industry sectors. Organizationally, W3C is jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the United States, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France, Keio University in Japan and Beihang University in China. For more information see https://www.w3.org/.

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