Just Released! AccessAbility 2

The Handbook is meant for anyone involved in the process of designing communication materials.


TORONTO (June 18, 2019) - The Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) is pleased to present AccessAbility 2: A Practical Handbook on Accessible Graphic Design, the Revised + Supersized Second Edition and the Essentials Edition.

More than 4.4 million people in Canada have a disability. Accessibility is no longer an option — it’s a necessity. RGD is helping to lead the way to a more accessible world for everyone.


The Handbook addresses how to plan a graphic design project to help ensure it is as accessible as possible for the intended audience; what special considerations are needed to make for accessibility across various media; and how our desire to communicate effectively with people of varying abilities and potential impairments translates into specific design decisions.


Understanding accessible design principals is an integral component of RGD's Certification Process. The RGD designation is a signal of quality and competence to the profession, public and government. Successful candidates have met a rigorous set of standards that includes documented levels of education and experience, successful completion of an online test and presentation of six case studies to three senior professional evaluators.


AccessAbility 2 comes in two versions: the Revised + Supersized (Full) and the Essentials. Released on May 28, 2019, there have already been 2,000+ downloads of the Full version (download here), and a print copy is also available for order.


RGD produced the first edition of the AccessAbility Handbook in 2010 followed by a more detailed edition for web in 2015.

About RGD
RGD is a non-profit, professional Association that represents over 4,100 design practitioners, including firm owners, freelancers, managers, educators and students across Canada. Through government legislation, RGD is the only graphic design association in North America to have this type of legislation. Through RGD, Canadian designers exchange ideas, educate and inspire, set professional standards and build a strong, supportive community dedicated to advocating for the value of design.
Kim Wells, Communications Coordinator, RGD