Last week, Adam Spencer, President, AbleDocs, conducted a webinar to discuss compliance under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).
The AODA requires businesses and non-profits to follow accessibility standards developed by the government for any content being created and distributed to the public or clients.
- Don't be reactive, be proactive while creating content. It helps to create a strategy to ensure that the content you're creating is accessible from the start. It is very difficult to convert it after.
- The standards set for accessibility make the content more approachable, distributable, reusable and can be viewed on various devices.
- There is no one set solution or checklist to create accessible content. It’s about how you put content on a page to ensure that it's accessible and machine-readable.
- Understand how the content is going to be consumed and make the structural accessibility the fundamental aspect of your design.
- It is important to put a budget together and work through it so that when the deadline hits, you don't have to deal with a mountain of content but a new process as part of your internal organization.
- Take expert advice, ask questions and educate your clients .
Adam will host a webinar titled Creating Accessible Online Documents on February 18. The webinar includes designing your PDF in InDesign , working in Acrobat to build accessible features and demonstrating how it can be consumed .
Stay tuned for more AbleDocs programming.
Case Study: Prioritizing accessibility in exhibit design for Artifact Alley at the Canada Science and Technology Museum