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January AODA Conformance Deadline

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The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) requires that all businesses with employees in the Province of Ontario provide websites that are accessible to people with disabilities. The first of a series of compliance deadlines arrives on January 1st 2014, and if your organization has 50 or more employees in the province, this deadline applies to your business. A lack of conformance can be considered a barrier to accessibility and leave your organization vulnerable to litigation for non-conformance. To learn more about your AODA responsibilities and how to properly report and track your compliance, attend our webinar on September… Read More

Does the Business Case for IT Accessibility Matter?

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reposted by permission from guest blogger Jeff Kline (http://strategicaccessibility.com/) I recently returned from DEEP 2012, a conference on ICT accessibility organized by G3ict and sponsored by the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University. The conference was held in Toronto and brought together thought leaders and experts in areas of ICT accessibility, covering an array of topics and brainstorming sessions related to moving ICT accessibility forward at a greater clip. Although not on the agenda, one topic pervasive in both the formal and informal conference discussions was related to the frustration around the lack of solid ICT accessibility business cases…. Read More

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Requirements and Web Accessibility Impact

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The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act of 2005 is focused on ensuring the rights of people with disabilities in the province of Ontario. The act builds on a previous act, the similarly named Ontarians with Disabilities Act of 2001. These laws work in a complementary fashion with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Ontario Human Rights Code to define the overall scope of rights provided to individuals with disabilities in Ontario.
As part of implementing the AODA the Ministry of Community and Social Services was charged with developing a set of accessibility standards that define the level of accessibility required of public and private sector organizations providing goods or services to the public. In response to this the Ministry published a series of regulations including Ontario Regulation 191/11 – Integrated Accessibility Standards that provide the overall accessibility standards relevant to the province. This standard includes portions relating to information and communications, employment and transportation. The area of principal interest to organization operating Web and intranet or application is Part II – Information and Communications Standards.

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