Carleton University is committed to meeting our obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)and conforming with Section 14 of the Integrated Accessibility Standards.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
Carleton University websites should adhere to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. The WCAG 2.0 has three levels of compliance, A, AA and AAA. Existing websites should meet compliance of Level A. New websites should comply with Level AA. By 2021, all websites at Carleton will need to comply with Level AA, therefore, it is best if all website aim to meet Level AA as soon as possible.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 covers a wide range of recommendations for making Web content more accessible. Following these guidelines will make content accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity and combinations of these. Following these guidelines will also often make your Web content more usable to users in general.
Web Accessibility Resources
An excellent resource is Wilfrid Laurier University’s handbook Enabling Access Through Web Renewal Handbook (PDF) detailing how (and why) large public sector organizations—such as universities and hospitals—should approach producing fully accessible websites
- W3C Accessibility
- The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. Led by Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and CEO Jeffrey Jaffe, W3C’s mission is to lead the Web to its full potential.
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (choose Level AA Success Criteria)
- Creating accessible documents
Web Accessibility Webinars by David Berman
David Berman is a senior strategic consultant to many of Canada’s largest Web sites. His clients include IBM, the International Space Station, the Canadian government, the World Bank, and the Aga Khan Foundation. In 2014, Carleton University invited David Berman to Carleton University to prepare a series of webinars to discuss accessible websites. See David Berman’s biography.
Carleton University has made these webinars available to staff and faculty to view. If you are responsible for the content of a Carleton University website, you are encouraged to take the time to review the webinars to help you familiarize yourself with the AODA minimum standard for Carleton’s web presence.
These webinars are located in cuLearn under “My Courses” – the Employment Standard Training – Web Accessibility. Access cuLearn.