Organizations that integrate an accessible website lead to many benefits including; reducing legal risks, strengthening brand messaging, improving user experience and innovation.
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Download our AODA accessibility checklist.
How we Develop Websites to be AODA Compliant
The Accessibility Ontarians Disabilities Act (AODA), states that all organizations with (50 or more employees) private and non-profit organizations are required to make their websites accessible.
Up until December 31, 2020, all new public website where to meet WCAG 2.0 Level A standards. All sites after January 1, 2021 must meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA standards.
When we build all new websites for our clients, we help to educate them about AODA and WCAG, and outline the needs and benefits to having a accessible website.
What is WCAG 2.0
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) was developed by the W3C process in conjunction with organizations and individuals from around the globe. Their goal was to build a single standard that the internet world could reference for web content accessibility that meets the needs of people with various disabilities including;
- Low vision or Blindness
- Hearing loss or Deafness?
- Learning disabilities
- Cognitive impaired
- Mobility impaired
- Speech impaired
How to Evaluate AODA Compliance
Determining if your website is AODA compliant can be a challenge. There are automated tools that can scan a website for a number of the AODA checklist, however an automated scan can not distinguish all items that are listed to be AODA compliant. The full AODA checklist can be found at W3.org.
If you want to find out if your website is AODA compliant, submit your site to us for a full AODA audit, which will outline any accessibility issues.
Questions to Ask Your Web Developer
Before starting your next website project that needs to be AODA compliant, be sure your developer or the agency you plan to hire has experience in developing websites to be accessible.
We have put a few questions you could ask;
- Are you familiar with WCAG 2.0 standards?
- Have you developed a website to be WCAG compliant?
- Do you build websites on a platform that has been optimized for WCAG?
- When testing your website for AODA compliance do you do a manual review or use software?