Are you aware of the upcoming changes required for your digital and web content?

The AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) requires that Ontario must be accessible for persons with disabilities with respect to goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures and premises before or by January 1, 2021.

As part of the Act, all digital and web content belonging to private and non-profit organizations with 50+ employees, as well as public sector organizations, needed to conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A by 2012, and by January 1, 2021, they need to comply with WCAG 2.0 Level AA.

The WCAG are international guidelines that Ontario, as well as other provinces and countries, are implementing. The goal is for all digital content to be perceivable (for sight, hearing and/or touch), operable, understandable and robust for all users.

The guidelines update WCAG 2.1 adds on to the previous guidelines (WCAG 2.0) to ensure that digital and web content is more accessible to people with mobility, low vision, cognitive and learning disabilities; this includes colour contrast in design and text, alternative text, captions, scrolling, text spacing, navigation, timing, pointer issues, autocomplete, and much more.

Making your website more accessible and inclusive will not only improve your user experience, it will also improve your search engine rankings. There are a number of tools to check if your website is accessible as well as guidelines checklists to help you ensure you are implementing the required changes
(https://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/tools/ and https://webaim.org/standards/wcag/checklist ).

The AODA compliance deadline is January 1, 2021, and if organizations don’t comply there can be massive fines. So, it is time to ensure your website content is compliant or time to start working on getting it updated.

If you need help with this, Fifth Story can consult on required changes and implement accessibility requirements, contact us at info@fifthstory.com