Guide for New Site Owners

Tips and advice for anyone involved in administrating an accessible website that must comply with AODA.

Guide for Content Editors

Guide for Web Developers

About the Standard

The University of Guelph is committed to ensuring that our website is accessible for all users, regardless of any disability they may have or the technology they use. Official University of Guelph websites must comply with the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

By January 1, 2014, all new University of Guelph internet websites (and existing websites undergoing a significant refresh) and web content on those sites are expected to conform with Level A of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0).

By January 1, 2021, all University of Guelph internet websites must conform with Level AA of the WCAG 2.0, other than success criteria 1.2.4 Captions (Live) and success criteria 1.2.5 Audio Descriptions (Pre-recorded).

Except where meeting the requirement is not practicable, this standard applies to websites and web content, including web-based applications, that the University of Guelph controls directly or through a contractual relationship that allows for modification of the product; and web content published on a website after January 1, 2012.

In determining whether meeting the requirements of this section is not practicable, organizations may consider, among other things, the availability of commercial software or tools or both; and significant impact on an implementation timeline that is planned or initiated before January 1, 2012.