The Future of Accessibility in Canada

Those of you that deal with accessibility regularly are familiar with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA). This legislation lays...

Monday July 10, 2017

Those of you that deal with accessibility regularly are familiar with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA). This legislation lays out, amongst other things, the standards that must be met for a website, or other technology to be considered accessible. We as a company have done exceptional work meeting these requirements. That the websites and tools we produce are accessible is one of the (many) selling points that have allowed us our current level of penetration into the municipal market place.

This year the Government of Canada has begun the process of developing a federal accessibility standard. This new legislation, although years from implementation, is likely to have significant impact on our core markets. The initial public consultations are now complete and the results are available for review, which may provide some insight into future strategies and opportunities.

 

Heathcliffe Hutchings is eSolutionsGroup's primary Technical Trainer and Training Developer. Having personally dealt with the challenges of having a learning disability, Heath brings a unique perspective to his training sessions on website and document accessibility. In addition to training public sector clients across the country, Heath has also presented at a number of conferences and professional events organized by industry associations, such as MISA, AMCTO and OSUM. He's also a member of the MISA AODA Subcommittee.

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