Accessible design for Canadian job seekers
The Inclusive Workplace is the first Canadian website designed to help the 500,000 unemployed or underemployed people in Canada with autism or an intellectual disability find good jobs.
Read how we designed an accessible website that is targeted, useful, and relevant for all users during COVID-19 and beyond.
Sample “Calm”/”Contrast” modes
View examples of “Calm” and “Contrast” modes.
Making key content easy to find
Placing video or course content at the top of the page gives users easy and quick access to the most important content on each page. Displaying video or course length sets users expectations for time needed to complete.
To help users focus and make their way through the site at their own pace, we used graphical elements consistently and constrained content width for shorter lines of text. We provided “calm spaces,” clear dividers, and focus areas throughout. To increase predictability and ease of use, we defined 4 page templates that could accommodate all site content.
Large, strong numbers are used in lists involving steps or stages so that the user knows in advance how many steps are required to complete the task.
Users who have difficulty with multi-step procedures then have a chance to contact their job coach or support person before embarking on the task and becoming overwhelmed.
A small set of simple and commonly used icons are used sparingly, only when they support comprehension or encourage a behaviour such as checking items on a list.