AODA stands for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. This legislation was introduced in 2005 to make Ontario a barrier-free province, with the goal of achieving accessibility for all Ontarians with disabilities with respect to goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures, and premises by January 1, 2025.
Per the AODA regulations for website compliance:
- All new web content and services must conform to at least Conformance Level AA of the WCAG 2.0 guidelines
- Web content and services provided by third-party developers conform to at least Conformance Level AA of the WCAG 2.0 guidelines
- Vendors supplying software used to develop web-based services for A-1 Restoration Building Envelope Solutions must provide information on conformance to the WCAG 2.0 web accessibility guidelines
A-1 Restoration Building Envelope Solutions Inc. will continuously ensure our website, including any web content posted to said website, conforms to the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, at Level AA and to any amendments, except where this is impracticable.
Website Compliance Requirements
In the most up to date guidelines set forth by the AODA and WCAG 2.0, websites much be compliant with the following items at Level A and AA by January 1st 2021:
- Videos and images posted on websites must be described with alternative text unless the non-text content is pure decoration or used only for visual formatting. Alternative text allows persons with disabilities using screen readers or other accessibility devices to readily understand content as they may have a visual impairment.
- The ability to pause, stop, or hide moving, blinking, scrolling, or auto-updating information must be available to website users.
- Closed captions must be included on any video content, for those who may have a hearing impairment.
- Contrast between the text and background must be high (i.e. black text on a white background, or a light text on a dark/coloured background is easier for those with visual impairments or colour-blind individuals to distinguish and read textual components.
- Text content must be able to be read by assistive technologies, such as text-to-speech. When producing content for a website, zoom settings should be enabled for persons with visual impairments to enlarge text, as well as screen readers.
- Content should be accessible via a keyboard interface and not require the use of a mouse or require specific timing for individual keystrokes, to make web content accessible to individuals with physical limitations. Users should be able to use keyboard functions like the arrow keys or tab key to navigate through the website.
- Web pages must have titles, headings and labels that describe their topic, content or purpose.
- Web pages that must be read in sequence use features to assist users with navigation and page or form completion, where required.
- If an input error is detected, the item that is in error is identified and described to the user in text. Suggestions for correction must also be provided as long as it does not pose a security risk.
- Instructions must be provided when content requires user input.
- Extended time limits of time-based content. To make websites barrier-free, keep in mind an extended time limit that will allow everyone including persons with disabilities, to input information. When utilizing CAPTCHA or spam software for security purposes, it must be assistive technology responsive and have an adequate time limit for completion.
- Adjustable timing must be included on any time limit imposed on the website. The user must be allowed to turn off the time limit before encountering it, adjust the time limit, or extend the time limit up to ten times with a simple action (i.e., press the space bar).
Seizures and Physical Reactions
- Web pages should not contain anything that flashes more than three times in any one second period. Blinking or flashing images, and certain animations may trigger an epileptic seizure.
Commitment to Inclusivity
A-1 Restoration Building Envelope Solutions Inc. supports the principles of the AODA and is committed to treating employees, customers and visitors in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. A-1 Restoration Building Envelope Solutions Inc. seeks to ensure that persons with disabilities have unhindered and open access to our premises, information, goods, and services, including full unhindered access to our web content.
A-1 Restoration Building Envelope Solutions Inc. is committed to giving persons with disabilities the same opportunity to access and benefit from our services, in the same place and in a similar way as other customers.
For Further Information
If you have further questions regarding our website’s accessibility or would like to obtain access to our company’s full Accessibility Policy and Plan, or if you have any issues while accessing our website’s content, please contact us: