Making your website accessible and complying with AODA
People with disabilities use a variety of assistive technologies to help navigate obstacles, but websites & applications must be built properly for the technology to work.
Ontario has laws to improve accessibility for people with disabilities (Ontario Accessibility Laws). 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 AODA compliance.
Following simple practices for web accessibility will help your business or organization widen it's reach, improve search engine optimization, improve usability, and improves your public image by demonstrating commitment to social responsibility.
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
Beginning January 1, 2014: new public websites, significantly refreshed websites and any web content posted after January 1, 2012 must meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A.
Beginning January 1, 2021: all public websites and web content posted after January 1, 2012 must meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA other than criteria 1.2.4 (live captions) and 1.2.5 (pre-recorded audio descriptions).
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.
Web Accessibility Process & Services
usability · seo · compatibility
In order to make a website accessible to a wide audience, a website must be readable and usable to everyone. Added bonus, search engines give preferential treatment to accessible websites with a boost in their rankings.
Ready to improve your site’s accessibility? We can help.
First step is an accessibility audit and assess steps required for WCAG 2.0 conformance.
Third step, we test the changes to ensure WCAG 2.0 conformance is met.
Second step is upgrading your website to meet WCAG 2.0 conformance.
Monitor & Maintain
We’ll periodically monitor the website to ensure it remains in WCAG 2.0 conformance.