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AODA Resources

Resources on issues of accessibility and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

Creating an Accessibility Policy and Plan

Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), you must have an accessibility policy and accessibility plan in place. Creating an accessibility policy and plan may be challenging since legislation only provides an outline of what needs to be included. Every workplace’s policy and plan will differ. The policy and plan must be tailored to your business environment and the goods and services you offer. Below we provide suggestions on how to start creating an accessibility policy and plan. Furthermore, we provide a checklist to ensure that you have all of your bases covered.

Accessible Digital Design

What if you were unable to hear a video or read text? What if you couldn’t use a mouse or focus on a graphic? Many users have difficulty navigating and understanding websites and content because of the lack of accessible digital designs. However, the IASR WCAG 2.0 standard addresses this lack and aims at making all web content more accessible for users who are blind, have low vision, are deaf or have hearing loss, have learning disabilities, or have mobility impairments. WCAG 2.0 makes digital designs accessible for people with all disabilities by addressing several design elements, such as colour contrast, audio control, navigation, and readability.  While some digital designers may think that the standards limit their creative freedom, designers still have free range to make their work an accessible digital design for everyone to enjoy.

Complying with AODA WCAG 2.0 Distinguishable Content

Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), all large (50+ employees) private and non-profit organizations and all public-sector organizations are required to make their websites accessible. However, determining if your website is accessible can be a challenge. This article will assist you in complying with the AODA WCAG 2.0 distinguishable content.

Mobile Apps for People with Disabilities

As technology evolves, mobile apps for people with disabilities are improving the lives of users both at home and at work. Different mobile apps will work better than others depending on an individual’s disability. Below, we outline various apps that assist people with hearing loss, visual impairments, mobility impairments, and learning disabilities.

Mobile Apps for People with Disabilities

Hearing Loss

For people with hearing loss, mobile apps have been created to:

Challenges Facing Students with Disabilities in Ontario

There are many challenges facing students with disabilities in Ontario schools. Statistics show that students with disabilities have lower rates of advancing in schools than non-disabled students do. Promoting accessibility in education is the best way to advance students with disabilities and break down barriers. This article interviews a parent whose child has PHACE syndrome.