Complying with AODA

Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), all companies based in Ontario with 50+ employees private and non-profit will be required to make their website accessible and compliant with AODA WCAG 2.0 distinguishable content.

WCAG 2.0 guidelines were set to be internationally accepted for web accessibility that was developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Your website will be in compliance with:

  • Blindness and low vision 
  • Deafness and hearing loss
  • Learning disabilities
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Mobility impairments
  • Speech impairments

There are up to nine success points for WCAG 2.0 content. We will be focusing here on the resizing of text, and images of text. The following will help you establish a better understanding and give access to everyone that is visiting your website. 

Contrast

Visitors accessing your website might have visual impairments. They need to be able to read and view text and any other visual graphics. 

Your website will need to have enough contrast between the text and the background. This is a useful element to have for individuals with low vision. You can do so by either choosing a light background and dark text or a dark background and light text.

If you need to verify the visibility there are a handful of websites that you can potentially use for free of charge to check your contrast or you can always e-mail us at [email protected] for a complimentary brief web audit. 

Resizing of Text

Your website should have the ability to resize text on a web page up to 200% without the loss of functionality and/or content. 

Exemptions:

  • Images of text
  • Captions

Images of Text

Using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to change your web elements related to font, colour, or spacing. These can include styled headings, quotes, navigation icons, symbolic text characters, and any logo on the website that contains a text.
Remember that brand logos are exempted from this.

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Refer to www.aoda.ca for detailed information or get in touch with us today and we would love to have your website be compliant with AODA. 

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