The AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilites Act) has been around since 2005. The Act set out several deadlines requiring organizations to make their websites accessible. This year, a major deadline is looming.
What's the deadline?
January 1, 2021
Who does it impact?
All organizations in the province of Ontario with 50 or more employees
What's the requirement?
All websites and web content must be accessible and meet WCAG 2.0 AA.
Where do I start?
If you haven't refreshed your website in a few years, you may want to consider starting with a new infrastructure instead of trying to patch things up.
If you just launched a new site in the past year or two, you might need to have your site audited to make sure it was built with accessibility in mind. Remediation of the website might be all that's necessary.
If you're in the process of building a new site, now is the best time to look at accessibility. It's always easier to build an accessible site if you incorporate it from the get go.
What else do I need to consider?
Having a site built on an accessible foundation is important but the content instead that framework is just as important. Take a look at all of the content on your site including videos and documents. Do you need to add captions to your videos? Are your PDFs accessible?
Don’t know where to start?
We can help. We’ve remediated, audited and built accessible websites for over 8 years now. We’ve seen the pitfalls and can help you get on the right path.