AODA/WCAG 2.0 Compliance
Important: In Ontario, as of January 1, 2014, the public sector as well as busineses and organizations with 50 or more employees must conform to WCAG 2.0 Level “A” when developing new websites and adding new content. Looking further into the future, as of January 1, 2021, all provincially-based websites and content must meet WCAG 2.0 Level “AA” standards.
The Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) 2.0 is an internationally accepted standard for website accessibility and was developed by the World Wide Web Consortium; it has three levels: A, being the least amount of accessibility, AA, and AAA, which is the highest level of accessibility. It was created with the intention to make the World Wide Web more accessible and user-friendly for people with disabilities including:
- Blindness and low vision
- Deafness and hearing loss
- Learning disabilities
- Cognitive limitations
- Limited movement
- Speech disabilities
- And combinations of the above
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requires all private and non-profit organizations that have 50 or more employees as well as all public sector organizations to make their website accessible using WCAG 2.0 standards.
Following the AODA and WCAG 2.0 guidelines will not only make your website accessible for people with disabilities, but can actually make it more user-friendly overall for anyone using your website.
At Emmatt, our team of developers are trained and experienced in designing and improving websites with complete accessibility in mind. If you are looking to create a new site that conforms to WCAG 2.0/AODA guidelines, or would like to improve the accessibility of an existing site, give us a call today or use the contact form at the bottom fo the page.