Accessibility for Designers Workshop: Principles and Practice of Accessible Digital Design

Are you a graphic designer looking to create more inclusive and accessible designs using the tools you have readily available to you? Look no further! Our practical workshop series by Meggan Van Harten is designed just for you.


Date: Wednesday, November 1 


  • Workshop 1: 9 am to 12 pm
  • Workshop 2: 1 to 4 pm ET

Venue:  TBD (Toronto)


  • Full-day: $375 + Tax 
  • Half-day: $225 + Tax
  • Full-day: $450 + Tax
  • Half-day: $275 + Tax

Register here for one or both of the workshops. 


Workshop 1: Accessible Design Essentials

In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn the fundamental principles of accessible design using Adobe Creative Cloud and other readily available tools. We’ll take a dive into how Good Design is Accessible. This is a beginner-friendly workshop! Key takeaways include:
Colour Contrast: Understand how to choose colour combinations that are accessible to all.
Table Structuring: How to make tables more accessible.
Captioning: Learn how to provide captions for multimedia content.
Alternative Text: Master the art of creating meaningful image descriptions.
Semantic Structure: Dive into the importance of structuring your content for screen readers and assistive technology.
Implementation and Testing: Explore practical methods for implementing accessibility features and testing them.
Q&A Session: Get answers to your specific accessibility challenges.

Workshop 2: Creating Accessible PDFs

Take a deep dive into PDF accessibility and improve your document workflow. How you can start early in the process with accessible design thinking to result in more accessible PDFs. This workshop is for users who are comfortable with InDesign who are looking to make their documents more accessible. In this workshop, you'll learn:
When to Use PDFs: Explore scenarios where PDFs are the right choice, and when to consider alternatives.
Building Accessible Documents in Adobe InDesign: Prepare your documents with accessibility in mind for easier wins.
Validating your work: Testing and touching up your work with tools you have available to you in Adobe Acrobat.
Q&A Session: Get answers to your specific accessibility challenges.
Join us to equip yourself with the skills and knowledge to make your designs more accessible and inclusive. 

About Meggan Van Harten RGD:

Meggan is a partner and the strategic leader for Design de Plume, a women-led, Indigenously-owned design circle focused on inclusive and accessible design solutions for social good. She brings equity and accessibility to the heart of the business. Bringing a decade of experience in design to her leadership role, Meggan sets the vision for projects, establishes standards, and builds both business and client strategies that lead to greater impact.
She recognizes the value that accessibility work creates for people, and projects, with proven results. She provides insight and implementation guidance for content writers, designers, and organizations looking to adopt accessibility into their core and ensures that compliance standards and real-world experience align in unique and innovative ways.

About Davide Dorigo Provisional RGD

Davide is a designer and accessibility advocate at Design de Plume. Having arrived in the world of design via an undergrad in anthropology followed by a detour through science communication, he works together with a multi-talented team to craft solutions that centre and celebrate the diversity of real people.