AODA Compliance

Western University prides itself on being an inclusive environment both offline and online.  Western is committed to ensuring all its websites are Accessibility for Ontarians wwith Disabilities Act (AODA) compliant.  The following documentation details how to create and maintain AODA-compliant websites.  For more information about Accessibility at Western, visit Accessibility.

  • How Do I... Make My Website AODA-Compliant?

    An explanation of AODA and how it applies to your Western web site

  • Introduction to Web Accessibility

    Learn about the basics of web accessibility, including why it is important, how to implement it, and the principles of accessible design.

  • Tips for Getting Started

    Discover valuable tips for web accessibility beginners grouped by three categories: designing for web accessibility, writing for web accessibility, and developing for web accessibility.

  • Ontario Guidelines

    As a publicly funded educational institute, Western University is legally required to adhere to AODA laws regarding web accessibility. This link takes you to the Ontario Government's page where they explain what creating these accessible websites entail and how to accomplish accessibility throughout your website.

  • Creating Accessible PDFs

    When creating accessible PDFs, it is important to think beyond tagged PDFs. This link will show you how to create an accessible PDF both in the program itself and in external programs which will then be converted to the PDF format.

  • Provide Appropriate Alternative Text

    Learn how to provide appropriate text for an image. Alternative text provides a textual alternative to non-text content on web pages. The provided text must present the content and the function of the images in your web content.

  • Structuring an Accessible Web Page

    Discover how to appropriately structure a web page by properly using headings, lists, and other structural elements, all of which provide meaning and structure to your web page.

  • Creating Accessible Tables

    Discover how to create accessible tables whether it for layout purposes or to present tabular data.

  • Creating Accessible Forms

    Discover how to create an accessible form by ensuring that every form element has a label element and that users can submit the form and recover from any errors such as the failure to fill in all the required fields.

  • Ensuring Links Make Sense Out of Context

    Learn how to create and ensure that hyperlinks make sense out of context. Many screen readers will only read the linked text so phrases such as "Click here" or "More" should be avoided.

  • Creating Accessible Microsoft Word Documents

    Learn how to create accessible Microsoft Word documents which involves using headings properly for navigational structure, providing alternative text for images, properly organizing tabular data, creating independent hyperlinks, and ordering lists and columns correctly. All of these accessibility standards can be checked by using the accessibility checker that is built into Word.

  • Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations

    A guide to creating an accessible PowerPoint presentation, specifically how to create alternative text for images and how to properly hyperlink. In addition, it teaches you how to maintain that accessibility if you are converting the presentation into another document type (such as PDFs) and how to check your presentation's accessibility through the built in accessibility checker. Note: this link only applies to Windows users.

  • Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations (Mac)

    A guide to creating an accessible PowerPoint presentation, specifically how to create alternative text for images and how to properly hyperlink. In addition, it teaches you how to maintain that accessibility if you are converting the presentation into another document type (such as PDFs) and how to check your presentation's accessibility through the built in accessibility checker. Note: this link only applies to Mac users.

  • Providing Captions and Transcripts for Media

    Learn how to create captions and transcripts for videos or live audio. These must accompany any video or audio posted on your webpage.

  • Online Accessibility Checker

    This website allows you to input the URL of the page you are trying to make accessible and points out any errors you might still have as well as explaining why those are considered errors.

  • Accessibility Chrome Web Extension

    Download a Chrome extension that, when enabled, points out what accessibility errors exist on your webpages and why those errors are considered errors. It is free for anyone with Google Chrome installed.

  • Common Design Flaws

    Learn about common design mistakes by reading this table of common user complaints, organized by a specific disability, in order to provide further perspective on what exactly better accessibility does for others and what errors may be lingering in your own site.

  • Further Reading

    Links to resources with additional useful information about web accessibility.


Published on  and maintained in Cascade CMS.