Accessible websites are part of the next phase of AODA legislation

Staring January 1, 2014 if your organization has 50 or more employees, you’ll need to start thinking about the accessibility of your website.

What’s required?

If you’re going to be launching a new website, relaunching an existing site or publishing new content (yes, that includes PDFs), after January 1 2014 you’ll need to make sure it complies with WCAG 2.0 Level A standards. ¬†Even if you are building before the January 1st deadline, it makes good business sense to make it accessibly.

Conduct a website audit before making changes

How do you know if your website complies or not? We suggest a quick audit using an online accessibility evaluation tool before making changes.

If you’ve been pro-active or fortunate enough to have web developers who build accessible websites as a matter of course, you may not need to do a thing. However, most sites are likely going to need some adjustments. We like the “Test your website‘ tool located on this page – best of all, it’s free.

For a more in-depth analysis, consider hiring a firm like ours that can do a thorough audit of your site. That audit can act as a road-map for any updates or changes that you need to make to your site.

Why it’s good to get ahead of the legislation

We’re already starting to see organizations getting ready to put their websites in order. That demand is only going to grow once January 1 arrives. Unfortunately, the supply of web developers who understand web accessibility and can assist with implementation is not ready to keep up with that demand. So act now.