AODA Website Compliance ensures that all users, regardless of ability, can access and engage with the website, leading to a more user-friendly online experience.
Implementing AODA Website Compliance for web accessibility can bring several benefits to a business or organization:
- Wider Reach: ensures that a wider range of users, including those with disabilities, can access and engage with the website
- Improved SEO: search engines gives preferential treatment to accessible websites, which can lead to a boost in search engine rankings
- Improved Usability: accessibility features can improve the overall usability of the website for all users
- Positive Public Image: demonstrating a commitment to social responsibility through accessible web design can improve the public image of a business or organization
What is the need for an accessible website?
An accessible website ensures all users, regardless of ability, can access and use the website, including visitors who use assistive technologies such as screen readers, alternative input devices, and visitors with visual impairments who may have difficulty reading certain colour combinations or text sizes. Accessible websites also benefit users without disabilities, such as older adults or those with temporary impairments.
When to implement AODA Accessibility?
Implementation of AODA Website Compliance can take place at any stage, but it is easiest to achieve from the beginning, during the design and development process to reduce the overall cost.
How reliable is automated AODA Website Compliance testing?
Automated accessibility testing tools can be a good starting point for accessibility implementation, but they have limitations and can produce false positives. These tools can only test for a limited number of accessibility issues and cannot evaluate the overall user experience for people with disabilities.
Manual Website Accessibility testing is essential to ensure that a website, or app, meets all AODA Accessibility requirements.
How do I become fully compliant?
It is crucial to incorporate accessibility practices at the earliest possible stage of a project. Also, it is equally important to incorporate these practices accurately which, otherwise, might lead to a tedious and time-consuming process. Partnering with a trusted team of AODA Website Compliance Specialists can help you develop strategies and implement them in an effortless and structured manner.
Whether you need to build a new website or modify an existing site, e-dimensionz can implement an accessible solution for WCAG 2.0 and Website AODA Compliance.
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Website Accessibility FAQs
Who must comply?
By law, you must make new and significantly refreshed public websites accessible if you are:
- a private or non-profit organization with 50+ employees; or - a public sector organization
Accessibility requirements for organizations
The requirements and deadlines you need to follow depend on the type and size of your organization. You are exempt if you are self-employed and do not have employees.
- businesses or non-profits
- public sector organizations
WCAG 2.0 Guidelines
WCAG 2.0 is an internationally accepted standard for web accessibility developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international team of experts.
Levels of web accessibility
Each guideline has three levels of accessibility: A, AA and AAA. Newly created or refreshed websites must meet level A. Later, your website will need to meet Level AA. Meeting Level AAA is not required at this time.
In most cases you must meet the Level A criteria before you can meet the Level AA criteria.