Web Accessibility, AODA Website Compliance

What is web accessibility?

Web Accessibility simply means that anyone can use your website including those with disabilities. A website built with accessibility in mind ensures a properly developed website.  That means to a standard that is loved not only by those with disabilities, but also by companies that love universal standards, like Google. Who doesn't want to be loved? Besides, why would any organization exclude anyone, throwing away potential revenue opportunities?

And the great news? If accessibility is baked in to the development process, your cost is minimal. It's like putting chocolate chips into the cookie dough before you put them in the oven.senior reading about web accessibility on a laptop

We offer a range of web accessibility services including:

AODA and ADA Web accessibility testing and auditing

We offer a range a services and reports that will indicate how accessible your website currently is. Customers can purchase simple reports or detailed site audits. For detailed web accessibility audits, when available, you'll receive an outline that includes what code needs to be remediated. We also now offer live user testing.

Repairing existing websites for accessibility

If a website is built properly and to web standards, perhaps it only requires a quick repair. Some websites are just too large to be rebuilt and a piece by piece approach is more appropriate. Before rebuilding a website, contact us to determine which approach would make the most sense.

Accessible web development and AODA/ADA Website Compliance

As website technology and styles improve, building a new website is a good idea. Why not build it to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 standards? It's simple, cost effective and ensures a certain level of code quality. Building an accessible website shouldn't cost a great deal more. That's because it's part of the building process. We test and validate all websites during the build ensuring compliance.

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) became law on June 13, 2005. AODA compliance for websites means that after January 1, 2014, a large organizations’ (50+ employees)  newly built website must meet the specifications of WCAG 2.0 Level A. But that's only if the website was created or underwent a significant refresh after January 1, 2012. By January 1, 2021, all websites must meet the specifications of WCAG 2.0 Level AA (with certain limited exceptions). Why not get ready now and make your website accessible for all your users?

Document conversion to accessible HTML

To be accessible, all documents in a website need to be accessible. Sometimes it makes more sense to turn documents into accessible HTML. Whether you require accessible pdf's, high or low volume document to HTML conversion, we can assist.

For more information about web accessibility and free tools, visit www.webaccessibilityexplained.ca. If you're ready to get started on improving the accessibility of your website, contact us today.