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Accessibility-themed Session Planned for DesignThinkers 2015

Each November the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) hosts the DesignThinkers Conference in Toronto, Canada. Now in its 16th year, the conference is the largest event for visual communicators in Canada, with 1,800+ attendees.

DesignThinkers delves into industry trends and sessions teach delegates how to create effective communications by exploring cutting-edge innovation, user experience, the latest technology, demographic and ethnographic trends, strategic management techniques, cognitive theory and much more.

This year’s conference will be taking place on November 12 & 13 at The Sony Centre. You can see the line-up of confirmed speakers here and check out some of the presentation topics here.

The Association is pleased to have Adam Antoszek-Rallo RGD, principal and founder of design & development firm Catalyst Workshop, host a session on accessibility in design. Here is his presentation topic:

Beyond the Handbook:
Practical Strategies for Making Accessibility a Core Part of the Web Design Process

This session will be targeted at designers with a concern for making sure their web design work is accessible, but are not confident in how to ensure their work is compliant. Adam will put forth strategies for accessibility which start with initial sketches, and follow all the way through to product launch. He will dispel rumours and correct our common mistakes. Ultimately, Adam will teach attendees how to make accessibility a disciplined mode of thought that is at the core of the web design & development processes, rather than an after-thought.

More about Adam…
His diverse body of work has included an invaluable 3-month stint in Ghana West Africa, and designing one of the top-ranked downloads at His work has been awarded and presented in various publications, exhibitions and institutions across North America including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. He also teaches at Sheridan College & Humber College, while serving on the curriculum committee for the Bachelor of Design program at York University / Sheridan College. A vocal proponent of accessible user-centric design, Adam is passionate about creating positive social impacts through the interaction of design, pedagogy & technology. He believes that accessibility is not a feature, but an ongoing commitment to universal human rights.

Early Bird rates for DesignThinkers 2015 are available until October 2. Learn more at