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Accessible Website Audit

Avoid penalties and ensure your website complies with accessibility legislation.

At ScribeWire, we provide the expert advice and guidance you need to comply with the mandatory AODA standards in Ontario. Get started by investing in an AODA website audit today. 

An accessible website audit is a comprehensive evaluation of your website’s compliance with the accessibility standards set out in the AODA and the WCAG. These audits are conducted to ensure that businesses, government organizations, and other entities are taking the necessary steps to create a more inclusive and accessible environment for individuals with disabilities.

In Ontario, the AODA applies to a wide range of organizations and aims to improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities across various sectors. The government takes non-compliance seriously, so if you want to avoid costly penalties and contribute to a more inclusive and accessible community then it’s time to get started with an AODA audit from ScribeWire. 

Conducting a Website Accessibility Audit

An audit aims to identify any existing barriers that may impede accessibility for individuals with disabilities. Through this assessment, auditors provide recommendations for improvement, serving as a roadmap for organizations to enhance their accessibility initiatives. The audit process goes beyond legal compliance, fostering a proactive approach to inclusivity and creating a culture of an ongoing commitment to accessibility.

Regular website audits are integral for organizations to track progress, address emerging challenges, and demonstrate their dedication to providing equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Who Needs to Comply

While the AODA does apply to businesses of all sizes, there are certain specific requirements related to the number of employees or sectors a business is in.

Specifically, organizations with 20 or more employees in Ontario are subject to additional obligations under the AODA. These larger organizations are required to create and implement multi-year accessibility plans, conduct accessibility training for employees, and file accessibility reports.

Additionally, businesses with 50 or more employees are mandated to create multi-year accessibility plans, outlining a strategic approach to prevent and remove barriers to accessibility. These plans must be reviewed and updated at least once every five years. They are also required by law to have an AODA accessible website.

If you are unsure whether your organization is required to comply with the AODA, contact us today for advice and guidance on if and how your organization can become AODA compliant.

AODA Website Compliance Report

At this time, all Ontario public sector organizations, as well as businesses or nonprofits with 50 or more employees are required by law to have an AODA accessible website. If you are not looking for a comprehensive audit, but rather an AODA website audit we can deliver.

Website accessibility is crucial because it ensures that people with disabilities can access and navigate online content. Required companies must meet the WCAG Level 2.0 AA criteria (with the exception of live captions and pre-recorded audio descriptions). 

WCAG stands for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. These standards were established with the help of international web accessibility experts known as the World Wide Web Consortium.

The goal of the WCAG has always been to create a single, common, global standard for web accessibility. By adhering to these web accessibility standards, websites can become more user-friendly for individuals with diverse needs, improving their overall online experience and your compliance.

Why Your Organization Should Do a Website Accessibility Audit

Conducting a website accessibility audit is not just a regulatory requirement; it is a proactive and strategic initiative that brings several benefits to your organization

Legal Compliance and Risk Mitigation

Demonstrating compliance with the AODA is a legal obligation. An audit ensures that your organization adheres to the specific, accessibility requirements and standards applicable to your sector, mitigating the risk of fines and legal consequences. It helps you to proactively resolve accessibility issues, reducing the likelihood of legal disputes and financial penalties.

Enhanced Reputation and Customer Satisfaction

Committing to accessibility fosters a positive public image. By conducting an accessibility audit, your organization demonstrates a dedication to inclusivity, earning trust and goodwill from customers, employees, and the community. The resulting accessibility improvements can also enhance the customer experience for individuals with disabilities, leading to increased customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Competitive Advantage

In an evolving business landscape, accessibility is becoming a key differentiator. Organizations that prioritize inclusivity gain a competitive edge by appealing to a broader customer base and aligning with the values of socially responsible consumers.

Continuous Improvement

Accessibility audits serve as a mechanism for self assessment and ongoing improvement. By regularly assessing and addressing accessibility issues, your organization demonstrates a commitment to continuous enhancement and adapts to evolving standards and best practices.

Strategic Planning

The findings of an accessibility audit can inform strategic planning. Understanding barriers and areas for improvement enables your organization to align accessibility initiatives with broader goals, contributing to long-term sustainability and success.

If you want to ensure your website meets AODA compliance, please get in touch today. We are experts in the regulations and requirements of the AODA and WCAG, and we can give you advice and guidance on how you can achieve AODA compliance. Together we can make Ontario more accessible to all.

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