Accessibility (a11y)

Virtually(Creative) offers web accessibility design and development focused on using inclusive design patterns with AODA compliance.

By January 1, 2021, all public websites and web content posted after 2012 will need to be AODA “AA” compliant*. With hefty penalties for a non-compliant site, build a new web presence using Inclusive design principles so that compliance with AODA is resolved naturally, not simply a technical pass with tooling.

  • What are Inclusive Design Patterns?
  • What is “AODA”?
  • Do I need to comply?
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What is Inclusive Design?

In a world of stairs, let’s build ramps.

Stairs are cheaper but have limits. They work for the majority of people, but not all. Ramps take a bit more planning than stairs but can be used by everyone.

Picking ramps when stairs will do is an inclusive design choice. People who use stairs don’t even notice a ramp. People who use ramps will absolutely notice it’s not stairs.

  • Accessible design is good design.

  • Good design is rarely noticed.

The true ROI from accessibility is to not only make your website more accessible but to also market to people with disabilities using accessibility as a market differentiator.

What is AODA?

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

“The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, or AODA , aims to identify, remove, and prevent barriers for people with disabilities."

Government of Ontario
https://www.aoda.ca/the-act/

Do you need to comply?

if you're in Ontario, most likely.

The requirements and deadlines you need to follow depend on the type and size of your organization. You are exempt if you are self-employed and do not have employees. We can help you navigate digital compliance issues for the following sectors:

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what does Ontario law say?

What some companies don’t know is that they already need to be compliant! Don’t get caught with a beautiful website, but it’s not accessible to a majority of Ontarians.

  • Beginning January 1, 2014: new public websites, significantly refreshed websites and any web content posted after January 1, 2012, must *meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A *

  • Beginning January 1, 2021: all public websites and web content posted after January 1, 2012, must meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA other than criteria 1.2.4 (live captions) and 1.2.5 (pre-recorded audio descriptions)

* “Accessibility rules for businesses and non-profits” (Source: https://www.ontario.ca/page/accessibility-rules-businesses-and-non-profits)

Everybody is a keyboard user when they are eating with their mouse hand.

- Adrian Roselli

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Accessibility is important.

Let all customers reach you.

Many businesses don’t know that they’re required to be “AA” compliant as of January 1st, 2021.

  • Get an assessment for AODA violations
  • Get an action plan to become AODA compliant
  • Let’s build some ramps