AODA – the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, aims to identify, remove, and prevent barriers for people with disabilities and in terms of websites.
It applies to private or a non-profit organization with more than 50 employees and public sector organizations.
Essentially it states that 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 (https://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG21/quickref/).
By 2021 the websites must meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA, with a few exceptions.
For the last few years, many of the sites we’ve created for clients have been AODA compliant at launch, however, on revisiting them after some time we have found that they have lost their compliance. Website editors need to be cognizant of AODA, as anytime they make a change to the site they can affect how accessible it is.
Here then is a list of 5 things you can do to keep your website AODA compliant. It’s not a comprehensive list, but it is 5 issues we see popping up often find on websites that prevent them from passing.