Web Accessibility Guidelines for Nonprofit Websites
People with disabilities may not see or otherwise understand your web pages, mobile apps, and digital tools. Those who have sight, hearing, or mobile impairments encounter barriers when trying to learn about the services they need.
The Ontario government’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) indicates that by law, as of January 2021, these organizations must to ensure that the public website is accessible to people with disabilities. Although there have been starting requirements since 2014, full compliance and a complience report must be files before the end of this year.
As of Jan 1st, 2021, all content must conform with WCAG 2.0 level AA criteria other than 1.2.4 (captions) and 1.2.5 (pre-recorded audio descriptions). This applies to all new content on a website, including all downloadable or viewable documents such as pdf’s, Word documents, Powerpoint, etc.
The internet is now the primary source of information for just about everyone so It’s important to ensure that people with disabilities and older generations are able to access information with ease. This is why the Ontario Government has set requirements for organisations such as yours to ensure fair access to information for everyone.