New Resources Help Make the Web More Accessible
02/07/15
The Association of Registered Graphic Designers educates Ontario’s communications professionals on accessibility standards.

 

TORONTO, July 7, 2015 – The Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) announces the completion of an initiative that promotes understanding and compliance with accessible website requirements. With support from the Government of Ontario’s EnAbling Change Program, RGD has developed free resources to educate graphic designers and improve accessibility in online and interactive communications.

“Our government is working hard to enable Ontarians of all abilities to live, work and play in their communities, and the landmark Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act is helping us achieve this,” said the Honourable Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. “Technology is constantly changing in our society. That’s why a key part of our plan is having access to accessible information as new technology is introduced, and I applaud the Association of Registered Graphic Designers for their work to improve accessible online information. By working together, we will make Ontario accessible by 2025.”

Resources available include: a promotional video; AccessAbility: A Practical Handbook on Accessible Web Design (English and French versions are available in hard copy or accessible PDF form); and a website - rgd-accessibledesign.com - where these and a variety of other resources are available. This project builds on the Handbook on Accessible Graphic Design developed during RGD’s 2010 EnAbling Change Project, which included accessibility best practices for print, web and environmental graphic design.

The two Handbooks form the basis for a new section of the online test portion of the Registered Graphic Designers Qualification Examination, which is one of the steps in the certification process for members of the Association to receive the RGD designation.

“Standards are fundamental hallmarks of professionalism and RGD has created the latest resources available, free to anyone seeking inspiration or wanting to learn more about accessible web design,” explains RGD Past President Lionel Gadoury, who is a member of the Project Advisory Committee. “Promoting the value of knowledge sharing and the advancement of professional best practices are central to the Association’s mandate, and accessible design continues to play a vital role in our programming and the RGD certification process.”

About the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD)

RGD is a non-profit professional Association that works to establish and promote standards and ethical best practices in the graphic design industry. Representing over 3,000 members, RGD is a hub for the community, promoting advocacy, knowledge sharing, continuous learning, research and mentorship.

About the EnAbling Change Program

The EnAbling Change Program is an initiative of the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MEDEI). Through the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, the program provides financial support and expertise to organizations to educate an industry or sector across the province on their obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

CONTACT: Michelle Pereira Hampton, Senior Communications Coordinator, RGD, 1.888.274.3668 x26, .