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Still not convinced that good design can be accessible? Canada has no specific accessibility laws, per se, but that hasn’t stopped my fellow countrymen Scott Baldwin and Michael Clarke from leading the way.

Announced by Scott last year, a recent press release outlines the Vancouver-based North Shore Credit Union’s push for accessibility on their web site. The first credit union in Canada to do so, and indeed a pioneer in the financial industry when it comes to equal access on the web, NSCU also succeeds in looking good.

And heading to the east coast, Michael has just launched the official web site for the annual Rolling Rampage wheelchair 10k race. It looks incredible, while supporting most AAA guidelines. An interesting debate sparked by the site has sprouted on AccessifyForum, which asks how accessible an accessible site really is. But the implications go well beyond Rolling Rampage alone, and shouldn’t distract from the great job Michael has done.

Bravo to both designers and their clients for having the vision to go beyond the status quo and offer some truly excellent and socially responsible work!

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