The AODA stands for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, which the Ontario government passed in 2005. The goal of the act is to create a higher standard of living for people with disabilities by providing more accessibility in their everyday lives.
According to the Government of Ontario, "By law, you must make new and significantly refreshed public websites accessible if you are: a private or non-profit organization with 50+ employees; or a public sector organization," Since 2014, rules have been in place for those who qualify. The timeline for the web rules is:
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines are the most popular accessibility guidelines worldwide. It's created and managed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which is a group of accessibility experts from around the globe who actively work towards making the internet inclusive. There are three levels under the WCAG. Levels A and AA deal with simple issues, such as including alternative texts for non-text content like images and more basic issues.
It might seem a lot of extra work to comply with all these rules, but there are some good benefits:
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