RGD launches web accessibility initiative - key component of RGD accreditation for 2015

Launching this spring, a new web accessibility initiative by RGD will focus on promoting understanding and compliance with accessible website requirements. This initiative will also be a cornerstone for the RGD Exam in 2015, ensuring RGD's certification process is current and relevant to today's industry standards.  


In addition to a range of print and online resources to help creative professionals understand the principles of web accessibility, this initiative will also include a one-day conference and a series of webinars to educate designers on best practices for fulfilling mandatory and recommended web accessibility standards.


With the tools and case studies provided by RGD, creative professionals will be equipped to deliver web design solutions that meet Ontario's accessibility requirements and demonstrate the value of accessible design to their clients. 


RGD will also develop resources for graphic design educators to ensure graphic design students receive comprehensive training in accessible web design.


RGD's new accessibility initiative will include: 


Conference - Sept. 26, Toronto

A one-day conference on accessible web design will bring together experts to compile, review, present and record information on existing best practices, successful programs and relevant tools to help define the current accessibility landscape for the creative industry. 


Printed Handbook

Available in print and as a downloadable PDF, the handbook will contain best practices, guidelines and case studies on meeting provincial standards in the production and design of accessible web content. 



Live broadcasts and archived recordings from accessibility experts will serve as training vehicles and resources to help the design community remain informed and up-to-date with accessibility standards and best practices. 


Dedicated Website

A dedicated website will provide a comprehensive collection of the resources and materials created through this initiative as well as an updated list of news and developments relating to accessibility standards. The site will also provide a forum for the design community to discuss issues relating to accessible design. 


Updates to the RGD Exam

To achieve the Registered Graphic Designer designation, members must complete the RGD Qualification Exam. The exam preparation process will be updated to incorporate training and assessment tools relating specifically to provincial web accessibility requirements. In this way, clients in need of accessible websites can be assured that designers with the RGD designation have the necessary knowledge and training to deliver results that will meet universal web accessibility standards. 


Check back for more information on RGD's new accessibility initiative over the coming months.