The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is concerned with, amongst other areas, “Information and Communication”, which includes websites. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) by the W3C are the standard for assessing websites under the AODA. Guidelines for compliance can be found on the Ontario Government’s website; sites which meet the criteria must comply with WCAG 2.0 Level A now and WCAG Level AA by 2021.
GoSaBe uses accessibility scanning software to find errors in websites – the results can be compiled into a written report and/or used to repair the problem. Most issues discovered are one of the following:
- links that do not contain descriptive text or images;
- images that do not contain descriptive ALT text;
- PDFs that are missing titles, descriptive ALT text for any images therein, and/or not tagged as accessible
This process of resolving these errors is also usually an excellent time to remove outdated content from the site and conduct training for site editors on how to avoid these issues.
Please contact us for more information on how we can make your website AODA-compliant.