The aim of this section is to ensure RGDs understand the principles of accessibility as applied to printed messages, websites and physical environments.



- AccessAbility: A Practical Handbook on Accessible Web Design (2015)

- AccessAbility: A Practical Handbook on Accessible Graphic Design (2010)

HINT: Be sure to carefully review the Glossary (pg 29) at the end of the 2015 version!


Download (and print out) both texts through an online form here.

  • "Principles of Accessible Design" 


    This webinar was presented by Michael Young RGD as part of RGD's Webinar Program, which provides virtual, professional development content to RGD Members as presented by a variety of design industry professionals and related experts.


    Michael's webinar (with his slides) was recorded so that it might be used as a possible aid for candidates preparing for the Accessibility Section of the Online Test.


  • 1. Why is it important to make all web functionality fully accessible from a keyboard?

    (a) People with limited fine motor control may have challenges without this.

    (b) Many assistive technologies rely exclusively on keyboard functionality.

    (c) Discouraging mouse input methods puts everyone on a level playing field.

    (d) Keyboard access allows for faster navigation to website information.


    Correct Answer: (a)


    2. When creating an accessible website, to address the needs of those with hearing loss, it is a good strategy to include which of the following?

    (a) A video of an expert using American Sign Language to translate any audio materials.

    (b) A written transcript or captions for all video and audio content.

    (c) A strategy to only include written content on the site.

    (d) A link to another site with content modified for this audience.


    Correct Answer: (b)