Making design more accessible in Ontario

    RGD receives funding to educate the province's communication

TORONTO, Oct. 6 /CNW/ - The Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD Ontario) has partnered with the Ontario government to work toward improving accessibility within the communications sector. As part of The EnAbling Change Partnership Program, RGD Ontario will receive funding to educate graphic design professionals in accessible design and provide them with information, tools and training that will address some of the issues suggested for the proposed Accessible Information and Communications Standard, as part of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

"Ontario has one of the largest design industries in Canada, with a workforce of over 40,000 designers," says Hilary Ashworth, Executive Director of RGD Ontario. "There is an urgent need to ensure such a large population has the information necessary to make accessibility a consideration in every design project."

RGD Ontario hopes to build the capacity of Ontario's design workforce in order to produce accessible information and communication design in online, print, verbal and digital formats. RGD Ontario will produce a handbook outlining accessible practices, conduct webinars, host a one-day conference and develop a dedicated, interactive website.

One of the first initiatives will be an Accessibility Forum on November 3, as part of RGD Ontario's annual DesignThinkers conference. The forum will explore the methods and benefits to adopting accessibility standards for graphic design projects.

"Visual media increasingly dominates our world and RGD Ontario welcomes this project as a significant opportunity to advance and formalize best practices for the graphic design profession," says Lionel Gadoury R.G.D., President of RGD Ontario.

As the voice of graphic design in Ontario, RGD Ontario will work with other design associations, organizations and institutions to gain the widest reach and broadest involvement for this project. RGD Ontario has a track record of establishing and promoting standards of practice, best practices, knowledge and skill in the industry. Its mission is to be the hub for the graphic design community in Ontario - through continuous learning, sharing, advocacy, research and mentorship.

This project is part of the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, Ministry of Community and Social Services' EnAbling Change Program. Through the program, the Accessibility Directorate partners with organizations that play a leadership role in identifying, removing and preventing barriers for people with disabilities. Partners are industry leaders who recognize that everyone benefits when people with disabilities can contribute fully to the social and economic life of the province.


Representing 2,800 professionals and students, RGD drives the development of professional graphic designers by shaping their competence in visual communication, strategic innovation and client and project management. RGD grants graphic designers who qualify, the right to use the designation Registered Graphic Designer (R.G.D.).

SOURCE Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD)

For further information: For further information: Christina Mastruzzo, Accessibility Project Coordinator,, 1-888-274-3668 x27

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