PRESS & MEDIA

 
Founded in 2017, Accessibrand has grown from a freelance business to a full service social enterprise agency representing many professionals and persons impacted by disability. The services we offer impact everyone and we are happy to bring more light to inclusion and accessibility in the media. If you would like to discuss opportunities, please contact our founder, Jolene MacDonald.
 

March 10, 2022

Accessibrand was awarded the Employer of Distinction Award for Alumni Engagement from Conestoga College.

Co-hosted by Corporate Training; Alumni Engagement; the Conestoga Career Centre; and Co-operative Education, Career and Work-Integrated Learning, the virtual event provided an opportunity during National Co-op and Work-Integrated Learning month to acknowledge the invaluable experiences our employers create for Conestoga students, graduates and clients. Read more here

http://blogs1.conestogac.on.ca/news/2022/03/employer_partners_honoured_at_1.php

 

March 8, 2022

Bit Bakery and Alex Kinsella sat down with Jolene to discuss our mission and the importance of Accessibility. Read the whole blog here https://www.bitbakery.co/blog/accessibrand-is-on-a-mission-to-help-companies-truly-understand-accessibility

 

January 26, 2022

Our founder was featured in Rare Revolution Magazine where she discussed her reasons for founding Accessibrand and how rare disease has affected her family and the reason behind our company. Read more here https://rarerevolutionmagazine.com/peopleofrare/jolene-macdonald-of-accessibrand/

 

January 26, 2022

Jolene and Farshid were guest speakers at #a11yHAM and explored how diversity, social equity and accessibility in digital marketing can make our society more inclusive.

 

November 5, 2021

Equitable Life of Canada logoOur founder was one of two recipients of the Equitable Life of Canada Community Venture Award. The awards were launched this year to recognize entrepreneurs for their passion, perseverance and dedication as they strive to successfully launch businesses that seek to strengthen the community and improve quality of life for those living in Waterloo Region.

 

To read more, see link

http://blogs1.conestogac.on.ca/news/2021/11/new_awards_support_diversity_i.php?fbclid=IwAR0aI7P1FkHqQPQzBzInmzLi4dYcvs-L695ZdyExvi3WhISUhc9brdlYk90

 

October, 2021

Accessibrand wins GOLD again in The 2021 Record Reader's Choice awards for Graphic Design

https://www.therecord.com/readerschoice/categories/professional-services/subcategories/graphic-design-services

 

September 9, 2021

Accessibrand has become part of +N - the world's first global community of disability startups, innovators enablers and investors who shape future technologies that change the world of disability inclusion. Check out the org and launch video here https://remarkable.org.au/n-inclusive-innovation-network-launch/ or the website here https://inclusiveinnovationnetwork.org/

 

July 2021

 

A GIF with the text Accessibrand was accepted in Canada's first accessibility focused accelerator!

https://accesstosuccess.ca/ats-labs/?fbclid=IwAR12qSU_bMffbfAbHL4DdRAmzaLGbPfRgtRy9jv2Bej-CM5tPRhpteOVG_U

 

 

 

 

 

June 3, 2021

For #NationalAccessibilityWeek, Jolene was a speaker for https://www.kitchener.ca/en/recreation-and-sports/life-made-accessible.aspx. During her session she participated with a group of speakers to discuss Accessible communication and information distribution.

 

March 16, 2021

Our founder was a guest speaker on accessibility and inclusion in design for Festivals & Events Ontario for their Tuesday Talks Episodes on YouTube. You can watch the episode here https://youtu.be/rOV83Y-dVcc

 

February, 2021

Our founder is featured in a TEDx McMasterU talk by Jayne Huhtanen. Special thank you to Jayne for being amazing and feeling inspired by Jolene! You can view the video here https://youtu.be/yL4OAq6fRic

To know about Jayne make sure to visit her website https://jaynehuhtanen.focalpointcoaching.com/

 

February, 2021

Jolene MacDonald, founder of Accessibrand, joined The Canadian Accessibility Network (CAN). CAN is a
pan-Canadian network representing academic, community service provider, and corporate partners who are committed to advancing accessibility for persons with disabilities through Research, Design and Innovation, Education and Training, Policy, Employment, and Community Engagement, and is committed to respecting and achieving good governance. The Network is supported by the CAN National Office, which is located at Carleton University, in Ottawa.

 

December 9, 2020

Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario released their Accessibility in Design Newsletter.
Our founder is featured as Ask the Expert. To read the article, click here > https://www.rgd.ca/2020/12/07/ask-the-expert-accessibility.php

 

November, 2020

Photo of Jolene smiling with blue shirt on for Total Mom Pitch Top 100

Our founder, Jolene, was featured as a Top 100 businesses (we actually made it to 50 out of 700+ applicants) in the Total Mom Pitch! While our company didn't win, we made some amazing connections with other women entrepreneurs.  
https://www.thetotalmomshow.ca/post/announcing-top-100-canada-s-total-mom-pitch

 

 

 

November 12, 2020

After completing Conestoga College's Venture Lab program, our founder finished first place with a $5,000 prize during the college’s Pitch Day competition on October 28. Coverage was picked up in the following media:

http://blogs1.conestogac.on.ca/news/2020/11/conestoga_graduate_wins_pitch.php

https://www.exchangemagazine.com/2020/week47/Thursday/20111218.htm

 

OCTOBER 15, 2020

The Observer - Our founder is featured in the local news! 

https://observerxtra.com/2020/10/15/focus-on-accessibility-earns-wellesley-woman-a-spot-with-digital-series/

 

September 2020

Accessibrand wins GOLD in The Record Reader's Choice awards for Graphic Design

https://www.therecord.com/readerschoice/categories/professional-services/subcategories/graphic-design-services

 

SEPTEMBER 23, 2020

How She Hustles announces Accessibrand is part of Start Up & Slay 2nd Edition 

You can find the press release here and video is here https://youtu.be/JSVlGkT5_vo

More about her story here https://howshehustles.com/startupandslay/making-business-more-accessible/

 

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020

Launch of new website for Accessibrand.

 

AUGUST 25, 2020

Accessibrand was approved for Diverse Supplier status with IWSCC, Inclusive Workplace and Supply Council of Canada - opening up new and bigger opportunities for inclusion and accessibility in design & marketing.