AODA Website Development
What is AODA?
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is a law that was established by the government of Ontario in Canada to develop and enforce accessibility standards for government, businesses, non-profits, and public sector organizations. Their goal is for the province of Ontario to be accessible to people with disabilities by 2025. The AODA does include specific requirements that define whether or not something is accessible; however, it places greater emphasis on process-oriented requirements. For example, all organizations regardless of size are obligated to train their teams on accessibility and their legal responsibilities as employees, there must be a way for people with disabilities to give feedback or ask for help, employment practices must be accessible. As of January 1, 2021, it is required that organizations with 50 or more employees must have websites that comply with WCAG 2.0 Level AA standards.
Important AODA Compliance Deadlines
All public sector organizations (including government, municipalities, and educational institutions) and all private organizations with 50 or more employees (including businesses, non-profits, and private educational institutions) are required to make all of their websites and web content accessible by January 1st, 2021. More specifically: New internet and web content (defined as all content published or modified after January 1, 2012) must be WCAG 2.0 A compliant by January 1, 2014 (in effect now). All internet and web content (excluding live captioning and audio descriptions) must be WCAG 2.0 AA compliant by January 1, 2021. So anything published now must be WCAG 2.0 A. Anything published after January 1, 2021, must be WCAG 2.0 AA.
Benefits of AODA Compliance
Complying with AODA laws can help widen your target audience thus opening new revenue opportunities.
Decreased Legal Risk
Organizations that adhere to AODA laws are in a better position to avoid costly violations and address claims confidently.
As search engines can now discover transcripts and audio files. People with disabilities can be reached, thus leading to increased impressions.
Better overall user experience
Optimizations made in UX/UI for accessibilities also benefit people without disabilities.
What websiteTOON can do for you:
AODA Website Design
websiteTOON can help provide technical support that you need to meet your defined accessibility requirements. We help create user-oriented accessible websites and we analyze your current website accessibility parameters. We plan and work on refreshing your current design and content to comply with AODA requirements.
Website Development AODA
Our websiteTOON developers understand how to build websites with assistive technology and that all forms and functions are built precisely.