AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act)

A long road to web accessibility

Making a website accessible. People often ask how difficult it is to do. Actually, it’s not as difficult as most people think. All websites are accessible from the get-go if they’re built with well-structured, semantic HTML. If you add colours with good contrast, fonts that are easy and big enough… Read More

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… Read More

AODA Quick Tip – AODA E-Wizard

Are you still trying to determine what you need to do to comply with AODA legislation? You’re not alone. The Ministry of Community and Social Services has developed an on-line wizard that helps sort things out. The AODA E-Wizard asks you a few, short questions about your organization and provides you… Read More

Timelines for the Integrated Accessibility Standards

Now that you have your requirements in place for the Customer Service Standard, it’s time to start looking at your public-facing website as well as your Intranet (if you have one) to ensure you’ll be able to meet the deadlines set out in Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation. The Ministry developed… Read More

Three Accessibility Standards Now in Place

On June 3, 2011 the Ontario government put the next 3 accessibility standards under the AODA legislation in place: Transportation Employment Information and Communications With the Information and Communications piece now in place, many organizations across the province will need to consider web accessibility in their on-going communications plan. What… Read More

Charles Beer Review of AODA Legislation Released

To mark National Access Awareness Week and the 5th anniversary of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) legislation, the Ontario government has released Charles Beer’s review of the Act. The review focuses on 4 areas of the legislation: Standards development process The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario A repeal… Read More

3 Reasons for Ontario Organizations to make the move to an Accessible Website

For many Ontario organizations, the need to comply with the AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) and its Information and Communications Standard may seem like a back-burner to-do item.  However, there are 3 good reasons to move it up the priority list and start working on improving your site… Read More

Final Information and Communications Standard Submitted

The final proposed Accessible Information and Communications Standard has been submitted to the Ontario Legislature.  The proposed standard has been pared down considerably from its original version making it much less onerous for organizations to comply. While the standard is not in effect yet, we can anticipate the requirements for… Read More

What you need to know about the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Understanding your responsibilities under any new legislation can be overwhelming.  We’re going to try to make all of this a bit easier for you. What you need to know now The legislation focuses on 5 standards that all organizations – public, private or not-for-profit – need to address to ensure… Read More