Is your website accessibility compliant? Can people receive your services and/or buy products with physical/motor, visual, audio, and/or cognitive challenges?
In addition to a well-designed physical space, the tools need to successfully do a job, such as web sites and documentation, also have to be accessible.
This is where the required guidelines come in including the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA 2005), Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0), Universal Design for Learning 2.0 (UDL 2.0), User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (UAAG 2.0), Authoring Tools Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (ATAG 2.0), Section 508, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA, 1990). This is to ensure that all services are considered for access by all peoples. Feel free to check this out which enlists an overview of the Diversity of Abilities handout available on the Resources page.
In a broad perspective, a disability can be interpreted as an inability; however, every learner has favored methods for obtaining, comprehending, and retaining information [differently]. This is where Universal design for Learning comes in. Some are visual learners, some are auditory learners, and some are kinesthetic learners. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone–not a single, one-size-fits-all solution. Everyone learns best in different ways, which makes UDL integration a beneficial endeavor for all training and learning needs and appealing to all.
Inclusive design is about delivering an outstanding user experience. Every design decision has the potential to include or exclude people – including customers. While accessibility is a core objective, inclusion means much more. Inclusive design helps us provide services and create products that serve as many people as possible in a variety of different environments. It’s important — especially when you’re designing for millions of people — to create different ways for people to participate.
A simple principle…design for the widest range of people which benefits everyone. No costly retrofits, satisfied customers, happy users, and makes perfect business sense.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
- Disability Awareness Training
- Building an Accessible Culture Training
- Information and Communication Assessments (for AODA, 2005, WCAG 2.0, and UDL 2.0)
- AODA Conversion of Information and Communication Documentation [according to compliance standards]
- Inclusive Design for Learning
- Standards, Regulations and Guidelines Workplace Training
- Standards, Regulations and Guidelines Customer Service Training
- Motivational Speaking
Our long-term goal is to spread accessibility knowledge in a variety of dynamic ways, encourage inclusion, change mindsets, build a supportive learning community, and ensure all training is well prepared for a lifetime of learning from the very start. Let’s give all individuals equal opportunities to learn…with ACCESS, COMFORT, SAFETY, and JOY!
As a change agent for accessibility learning and implementation of key guidelines and principles, we would be happy to help. Contact us to assess and learn how we can assist you at firstname.lastname@example.org.