Many of our faculty and education technology professionals involved in developing online learning content are asking about the new standards published under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). UofT’s response to the most recent legislation, including the Information Communication standard, was shared earlier this year through a PDAC&C Memo: Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005- Integrated Accessibility Standards.
While academic accommodations continue to be supported through Accessibility Services, the AODA Office reminds us that all UofT web site content created across the university should adhere to provisions set out by the AODA legislation. As noted on the AODA web site: “The Act dictates that public sector organizations shall make their internet websites and new web content to conform with the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, initially level A and increasing to level AA.” For a detailed reference, see the WGAG 2.0 guidelines and implementation examples.
If you are looking for professional development in this area there are several options:
- The AODA office provides Information for Faculty on preparation of accessible educational resources and accessible teaching practices.
- Organizational Development and Learning Centre (ODLC) has a regularly scheduled workshop on Accessibility Standard: Information & Communication (AODA) that will help you learn “how to make your materials more accessible, learn about the expectations found within the standard, and technologies that assist accessibility.”
- An instructor support resource regarding Accessible Course Design in Blackboard for Instructors is also available on the CTSI web site.
More information is also available in the university’s AODA plan, which is published on the HR & Equity web site annually. Should any questions arise regarding the AODA legislation, you are encouraged to contact the AODA Office.