Digital Accessibility

Guidance and direction for the adoption, development, and procurement of accessible digital content and technology.

Introduction to Digital Accessibility

eCampusOntario is dedicated to empowering Ontario institutions to create digital content that is accessible and inclusive to all users. Accessibility is a fundamental principle for ensuring inclusivity and equal opportunities for all individuals, regardless of their physical or cognitive abilities. Embracing accessibility is not just about compliance; it is about celebrating the diversity of experiences and creating environments where everyone can meaningfully contribute.

It is crucial to recognize that a disability is not a static condition confined to a specific group; rather, it is a part of the human experience that can affect anyone at any point in life. This underscores the significance of incorporating inclusive design principles and implementing accessibility measures as vital components in building a universally accessible society.

Postsecondary institutions face unique challenges in ensuring accessibility for all learners, educators, and staff. These challenges span from physical barriers to accessibility issues in digital content. The diversity of disabilities encountered in higher education settings necessitates a multifaceted approach, emphasizing the responsibility and collaboration essential for effectively executing accessibility requirements. At eCampusOntario, we want to actively contribute to this approach by providing you with a comprehensive set of resources, facilitating a smooth initiation into the journey of accessibility implementation.

Please note: throughout this site we have used a person-first language, however, we would like to acknowledge that some individuals prefer a disability-first language. It is important to remember that it is best to ask which approach is preferred when communicating with individuals about disability.

Accessibility Toolkit

eCampusOntario’s Accessibility Toolkit outlines standards, methods, and practices for developing accessible digital content. The resource is structured into four parts: understanding digital accessibility, the laws and standards in practice, accessibility in development and procurement, and testing content. The toolkit also offers resources and guidance on navigating AODA compliance.

Accessibility Toolkit