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This guide describes in plain language, for developers and course design staff who work with instructors and faculty to create online courses, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) legislation for Accessible Websites and Web Content, which is based on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) at Level AA.

This resource is intended to provide a Canadian perspective of these standards in an easy to understand manner, and should be used as a guide to ensure that online course materials are accessible to all students and follow the legal requirements outlined in the AODA. In case there are conflicts, W3C WCAG 2.0 is the formal requirement to meet. The requirements included on this website must be in place for recently developed public-facing material, as of January 1, 2014, and all public-facing material by January 1, 2021.

For ease of use, the requirements are organized into nine categories and a plain language overview is provided for each.

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  • Key Terms

    1. Must means do things in the manner described exactly.
    2. Should means do things in the manner described unless there is a good reason not to [i.e., instructor has other needs].
    3. [Supplementary information] is provided in square brackets.