Who likes doing business administration tasks? Nobody. Those tasks are boring. But, they are really important so they’ve got to be done. Understanding and discussing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and how it relates to your website might not be at the top of your list of fun things to do either, but it’s super important so hunker down.
The AODA is a piece of provincial legislation that was enacted in 2005 with the intent to remove barriers for people with disabilities. The act adopted a phased in approach to allow businesses time to adapt their processes and practices.
As of January 2014 (yes, three years ago) new websites or those being overhauled became subject to act compliance for companies and nonprofits with more than 50 people. As nice as it is to say, “I’m off the hook, I only have eight employees,” you may want to think about the big picture.
Is it for your employees or for the general public? If your website isn’t accessible to all potential or current customers, it could mean a loss of business.
Even if you launched a new website or had it refreshed in the last three years, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s accessible. Unless you’re legally required to have it as such or you specifically asked for it to meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 , the team that built your site might not have done so using those standards.
Relax though. It’s the web — nothing is coded in stone.
Ask your web team if your website meets WCAG 2.0 standards or check it yourself.
If it turns out that it’s not up to standards and you want it to be, it can be an easy fix by your original web team or by us.
The Niteowl Creative developers are more than familiar with all the requirements. They live and breath the web, always looking for ways to make it more awesome. This stuff is just part of everyday conversation for them. It’s part of what makes them great, and slightly socially awkward.
Email us or give us a call if you want some help. We can give you a free assessment (like actually free, no strings attached and no surveys) and let you know where your website stands; or our partners at Ravenwood Consulting can provide additional insights on web related standards and many other marketing methods.