Undergraduate Research Project: AODA Compliance Strategy for Online Multimedia

Last updated: June 19th 2017

The University created a strategy to achieve Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) compliance for website content in 2013 and continues to execute that strategy successfully. Some key challenges remain unresolved and require research, analysis and recommendations toward strategic solutions. One key challenge involves online multimedia.

Although the University publishes audio and video content widely online, it does not yet offer guidance for training, budgeting, infrastructure and ongoing support to ensure multimedia is AODA-compliant for both academic and non-academic purposes. 

Project Goal

This project will investigate how other higher education institutions in North America ensure their online multimedia is accessible to people with disabilities, and will evaluate options and recommend a strategy. The project will consider multimedia hosting options; services for captioning, transcription and described video; solutions for real-time broadcasts such as convocation; and any necessary cost models to support the strategy.

Ankush Sansoya has joined CCS for the 2017 summer through the URA program to complete this research project for the University. 

While Ankush will be supervised here in CCS, his project activities will be directed by the Web Accessibility Working Group and the Accessibility Steering Committee on behalf of the entire University.

Questions or concerns surrounding this project? Email CCS at IThelp@uoguelph.ca.