Why Accessibility Matters
Meet compliance requirements
AODA website compliance is mandated by the government of Ontario for all public sector organizations and organizations with 50+ employees. To achieve compliance, websites must meet WCAG 2.0 AA standards.
Reach all of your potential customers
More than 15% of Ontarians are living with a disability. Without an accessible website, you could be shutting the door on these customers or creating obstacles to conversion.
Boost brand perception
People want to support brands that share their values. By promoting accessibility through WCAG 2.0 compliance, you’re embracing the differences of your website visitors and helping achieve a more inclusive Ontario.
Provide a personalized experience
Development for AODA compliance puts users first by giving them control over text size, contrast level, link recognition and other key features that work in tandem with assistive technologies.
We can help you achieve and maintain WCAG 2.0 Level AA Compliance
With more than 15 years of experience designing and developing websites, we can help you achieve and maintain WCAG 2.0 AA compliance without sacrificing the look or unique functionality of your site. Our approach is transparent and aligns with government-recognized standards, so you can be confident your AODA compliant website is exactly what you paid for.
How We Can Help
1. Building a new website that needs to be compliant?
2. Upgrading your existing website to be compliant?
Support and Maintenance
WCAG 2.0 AA compliance is not a one-time thing. New content, new functionality, new integrations—your website evolves in many ways, with potential implications for your accessibility compliance. Our monthly support and maintenance plans can be adapted to monitor and maintain compliance, whether we developed your website or not.
Frequently asked questions
Who needs to be compliant?
Accessibility compliance is required for public sector organizations and organizations with 50+ employees. For more information, visit the Government of Ontario’s page on website accessibility.
When does my website need to be compliant?
Compliance deadlines in Ontario are currently set for January 1, 2021.
Are there penalties for non-compliance?
Penalties can range from $50,000 per day for individuals and unincorporated organizations, and up to $100,000 per day for corporations. However, it’s not clear how aggressively compliance will be monitored or enforced, or whether organizations will have a grace period.
How do I know whether my site is compliant already?
Only a small percentage of websites are already WCAG 2.0 AA compliant, and it’s unlikely that your website would meet these standards without the help of a dedicated AODA developer. If you’re not sure, we are happy to conduct a free, no-obligation audit of your website and show you any compliance gaps.
How can you prove my website is compliant after you’ve finished the work?
We see transparency and trust as the foundation of a good partnership. Our accessibility implementations come with a demonstration and a report of the upgrades, so you can see that they meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA standards and web accessibility best practices.
How do I keep my website compliant?
We can provide guidelines so you can maintain compliance through content changes and other common updates. Or, if you prefer ITW to manage your website through a support and maintenance plan, we will include WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility audits as part of our monthly work.