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Creating Accessible Documents and Communications Training



Are you responsible for the creation of your organization’s internal and external communications? Do you create meeting minutes, reports, marketing materials, sales kits and client correspondence? Did you know that the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) has legislated an accessible Ontario, Canada by 2025? The Information and Communication Standard of the AODA looks to remove barriers to information in all aspects of business; accessible document creation is an integral part of this vision. As of 2025, all employers will be mandated to share information in an accessible way both internally and externally.

Complete this certificate of Training and learn the tools and best practices for business document creation and AODA compliance. This one-day workshop will empower you to be the accessibility champion in your organization.

Be AODA Compliant

Delivered through Humber College’s Faculty of Media & Creative Arts, these courses will give you a detailed and comprehensive overview of the guidelines and best practices for business document creation and AODA compliance. You will learn these skills in the best way possible - by doing it!

Industry-experienced instructors will teach you through tutorials and applied activities, ensuring you put these concepts into practice before you return to the workplace. Once certified, you will be equipped with the information, skills and confidence you need to step back into your workplace and apply what you have learned into all of your document and communication materials.


  • To develop skills and tools needed to incorporate inclusive design best practices into your daily workflow
  • To thoroughly understand AODA guidelines, thereby gaining the confidence that the work you produce is inclusive
  • How to create dynamic, informative communication and marketing materials that comply with all of the AODA guidelines.
  • The AODA Key Dates required reporting deadlines and reporting processes for your company to become and remain compliant.

Who should take this course?

  • Content creators within all Business and Non-Profits, Public Sector Organizations, Municipalities.
  • Digital professionals, content creators, office managers, communication officers, Human Resource professionals within all businesses and organizations.

Classroom Experience

  • 1-day intensive delivery
  • Tutorials, case analysis, applied activities
  • Small class sizes
  • Experienced faculty-led instruction

Module One:

Module Two:

Overview of AODA Standards and Inclusive Design

  • Inclusive design principle
  • What is the AODA?
  • 5 standards of the AODA
  • Information and communication standard specifics
  • Key dates for compliance
  • Accessible alternative formats

Document Design Best Practices

  • Writing image descriptions
  • Accessible tabular data in Excel
  • Inclusive presentations in PowerPoint
  • Document structure in Word
  • Exporting tagged PDFs
  • Accessible InDesign document creation

*Laptop with Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat DC and Adobe InDesign is recommended for participation in this workshop.

jennie grimard

Jennie Grimard

Jennie Grimard is a seasoned graphic design professor in the School of Media Studies at Humber College. In addition to teaching, she also leads a small digital agency supporting small to medium size businesses. As an educator and a working designer, accessible and inclusive design are an integral part of her workflow.

Over the past year, she has worked as lead designer and project manager in the development of “Making Accessible Media” – a fully accessible, on-line course with 6 modules focused on creating accessible broadcast media. This course is currently available to all students and faculty in the School of Media Studies at Humber College. She was invited to present at the World Online Learning Conference and will be presenting at the upcoming Design Educators Conference hosted by the RGD in 2018. She is an active member of Humber’s AODA Committee and an Affiliate Member of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD).

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