Website Accessibility

AODA Compliance for Websites:
The Definitive Guide

Danny Trichter | Last updated: October 2021 | 10 minutes
AODA Compliance for Websites: <br>The Definitive Guide

If you’re looking to make your website accessible and AODA compliant in 2021 you’ve reached the right place!

In this guide we will teach you:

  • What is the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and who must comply?
  • Step by step – How to make your website compliant and protected from penalties
  • Compare the best accessibility solutions in the market and their rankings 
  • Lots more

This is a one-stop shop for anyone looking to understand and solve the issue of web accessibility.

Let’s get started.

Chapter 1:

What is AODA Compliance?

What is AODA Compliance?

Compliance doesn’t have to be a pain point for your business. In fact, it can open your eyes to innovative solutions and improve day-to-day business processes.

In this chapter, we will take you through the basics of web accessibility and the AODA. 

Then, we will examine the potential penalties and deadlines to file compliance reports.

Let’s do it.

AODA compliance report deadline is June 30, 2021

Businesses that don’t prioritize accessibility may soon face significant penalties. The deadline to file an AODA accessibility compliance report is June 30, 2021.

What may happen if businesses fail to comply?

The maximum penalties under the AODA include:

  • Corporations can be fined up to $100,000 per day.

  • Individuals and unincorporated organizations can be fined up to $50,000 per day.

  • Directors and officers of a corporation or organization can be fined up to $50,000 per day

Yikes!

What is the AODA?

Enacted in 2005, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was created to improve accessibility standards for Ontarians and ensure that those with physical or cognitive disabilities would be able to fully access all public establishments by January 1, 2025.

The AODA was developed to build on the efforts made by the Ontarians with the 2001 Disabilities Act and includes accessibility standards for key areas of everyday life:

  • Customer service

  • Information and communication

  • Employment

  • Built environment

  • Transportation

Together, these five categories of standards detailed in the AODA Act make up the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulations (IASR), which were progressively implemented over several years.

The most relevant category to website owners is “information and communication”

Is the AODA relevant for my business?

It is actually very simple to know if the AODA applies to your business.

Answer this question: Is your business registered in Ontario? If yes, then the AODA is applicable to your organization.

Unlike the ACA, which is applicable to federally governed businesses and organizations, the AODA applies to both governmental and private websites, whether individuals or corporations run them.

Chapter 2:

How to Make Your Website Accessible & AODA Complaint

How to Make Your Website Accessible & AODA Complaint

Now that you have a basic understanding of the AODA, it’s time to get technical.

What does it actually mean to make your website accessible? And to who exactly?

In this chapter, we’ll cover all of that and more. 

AODA Compliance -Making Your Website Accessible

Now that we’ve covered AODA basics, we can jump into the technical aspects. Exactly how do you make your website accessible? It all starts with WCAG (the accessibility standard). 

WCAG, or Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, are the guidelines referenced in the AODA. This is the standard to follow to become AODA compliant. 

This 80-page document offers specific instructions on how to make a website accessible. However, since this is a sizeable document, we decided to condense this information.

The Who

Let’s start with who you need to make your website accessible for:

* Users with visual impairments 

* Users with auditory impairments

* Users with physical impairments

* Users with cognitive impairments

woman with motor impairment

The How

Next, let’s look at how you would make your website accessible to all users.

Add a Website Accessibility Interface to Your Site

When you have an accessibility interface, any visitor can adjust the design of your site to cater to their requirements. For example, someone with a visual impairment can adjust the size and color of the text, while someone with ADHD can reduce distractions, making your site easier to use. 

 Cater to Assistive Technologies

The other step you will need to take to make your website accessible is to ensure it’s compatible with screen readers and navigation tools. 

A screen reader makes it possible for visually impaired users to read all content on a webpage, including the alternative text of images. Alternative text explains what a user would see in a picture using descriptive language. Therefore, all visuals on your site should have alt tags. 

Navigation tools are used by people who don’t have a full motor function – they allow for ease of movement when browsing a website. This means some keyboard keys will perform specific functions and on-screen keyboards will contain shortcuts to make navigation easier. 

At this stage, you’re probably thinking that website accessibility sounds like a complex project. But with the right software, AODA compliance is easier than you think. 

Chapter 3:

AODA Compliance Software Solutions

AODA Compliance Software Solutions

Thanks to innovative software, it’s much easier to make your website accessible.

In this chapter, we will examine the main software solutions we recommend. 

Let’s give it a go.

AudioEye

Founded in 2005, Audioeye is one of the most trusted digital solutions providers around today, with the FCC, Ferrari, and Tommy Hilfiger being some of their most notable clients. 

Audioeye’s accurate digital accessibility solutions are ideal for businesses of all sizes, ensuring every website owner can become compliant. Both DIY and fully managed services are available

*Advanced AI technology

*Website accessibility analysis and monitoring

*AODA compliance

With over 15 years of extensive experience, Audioeye has fast become the most trusted digital accessibility solution provider around today. 

Their accurate accessibility solutions are ideal for businesses of every size across a variety of industries and include both managed and automated services. Audioeye will provide you with the tools you need to become fully AODA compliant. 

Pros

*Improves your site’s accessibility score by an average of 25 points

*Services over 60,000 clients across the U.S. and Canada

*Accessibility statement and certification included

*Litigation support packages available

*Free 30-day trial

Cons

Not always suitable for European website:

Compliance

The Audioeye plugin will ensure you are AODA and WCAG 2.1 compliant. Additional fees apply to sites that contain videos and Pdfs. 

Features

Audioeye has used its extensive experience in the digital accessibility space to create an innovative and effective plugin. Here is how the Audioeye plugin works:

– Identify. Using a series of tests, the plugin will identify any accessibility issues on your site. 

– Repair. Next, the plugin will fix most accessibility issues to ensure your website is compliant. 

– Monitor. Lastly, the plugin will monitor your site to make you aware of any new accessibility issues. This ongoing monitoring will help boost your accessibility score. 

Pricing

Audioeye pricing is based on monthly page views. Basic sites with 10,000 page views or less are charged $49 per month. For sites with up to 100,000 page views, the cost is $199 per month or $1,990 annually. For sites with up to 1 million page views, the cost is $499 per month or $4,990 annually. Custom plans are available for sites with 1M+ page views. 

Conclusion

Audioeye’s impressive reputation paired with the plugin’s accurate AI technology makes this a top choice for businesses in every sector. 

accessiBe

accessiBe has used its extensive experience in the digital accessibility space to create an innovative and effective software solution. Here is how accessiBe works:

*Simple installation process

*Tools available for developers

*Affordable pricing

If you are searching for a digital accessibility software that doesn’t require you to adjust your website’s existing code, accessiBe is an ideal choice. Instantly adjust your site to comply with AODA and WCAG requirements

Pros

– Multiple website accessibility solutions available

– Over 800K active installations

– Affordable pricing

– Trusted by government organizations

– Easy setup and installation

– Website monitoring capabilities

Cons

– Customer support is not what it could be

Chapter 4:

Next Steps

Next Steps

We hope this guide answered all your most pressing questions about website accessibility and that you have a better idea of where your business stands.

You can now also take the next steps to become AODA compliant. 

 

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