There are loads of resources on digital accessibility and inclusive design! Here are a collection of my favourites – and not to fear, all of which are free (well, one is donation base).

Contrast & Colour Checkers

Tanaguru Contrast-Finder: Recommends colours when the colour combination fails

Colour Contrast Analyser: Desktop app for testing colour. The PC version has a handy eye dropper tool which makes this invaluable  (since I last checked, the Mac version does not have this, which renders it useless for Mac)

Colour Palette Accessibility: Tests your whole colour palette for you!

Assistive Technology

NVDA: Free/donation screen reader for PC that happens to be the second most popular in the world (according to WebAIM survey on screen readers).

Design Best Practices

Access Ability: A Practical Handbook on Accessible Graphic Design.

ClearPrint Guidelines: Primer for designing for people with vision loss.

AccessibilityOZ – Conferences: slides from Gian Wild’s excellent (and practical!) presentations

Making electronic documents accessible: resources and handy ‘Quick Tips’ cards you can print for Microsoft Office products and Adobe InDesign and Acrobat.

Technical Guides

Karlen Communications: Conference Handouts: Considered one of the best document accessibility experts around – her resources are invaluable!

Accessibility of Office Documents and Office Applications: See instructions for InDesign, Acrobat, and Word

Techniques for WCAG 2.0: overview of WCAG techniques

WebAIM Articles: very approachable resource on digital accessibility

A List Apart – PDF Tags: handy list of PDF tags and their purpose

Adobe Accessibility: Adobe’s documentation on accessibility (they make it look way easier than it really is – so don’t get too excited when you read their guides)

PDF/UA in a Nutshell: online summary put out by the PDF Association

Reports and Surveys

Business Benefits of Accessible Workplaces
Projecting the Economic Impacts of Increased Accessibility in Ontario
PDF and the User Experience Survey


Adobe Supplement to ISO 32000: precursor to ISO 14289 (PDF/UA)

The Matterhorn Protocol: How to fail PDF/UA (what not to do)

Integrated Accessibility Standards of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines referred to in the Information Communications Standard of the AODA

Professional Networking & Conferences:

A11YTO Meet-up: largest accessibility and inclusive design professional networking group in the world happens to  be in Toronto. Similar groups exist around the world in different cities.

A11YTO Camp: free unconference on digital accessibility held once a year in Toronto– a must-attend event for anyone working in digital accessibility. Similar camps around the world in different cities (online search: A11Y Camp)

CSUN: The most important conference on digital accessibility internationally takes place in San Diego annually. If you cannot attend in person, you can soak up the information via Twitter and through other online repositories. 

Global Accessible Awareness Day: In-person and online events by leading experts on a variety of topics, all day in May.