Accessibility Basics

Legal requirements and standards, user experiences, procurement, universal design for learning, and accessibility testing.


As defined in “the proposed post secondary education recommendations”, Accessibility refers to degree of ease that something (for example, device, service, physical environment and information) can be accessed, used and enjoyed by persons with disabilities. The term implies conscious planning, design and/or effort to make sure something is barrier-free to persons with disabilities. Accessibility also benefits the general population, by making things more usable and practical for everyone, including older people and families with small children (Ontario Human Rights Commission). Embracing accessibility not only promotes inclusivity but also enhances the overall user experience for a diverse audience.


Introduction to Disability

Learn about types of disabilities and how individuals with disabilities experience digital content.

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Legal Requirements

Learn about the legal requirements around accessibility in digital content under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code.

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User Experiences

Gain insight into common barriers and preferences for users who experience digital content in a variety of ways.

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Procuring Accessible Content

Guidelines and checklists for the procurement of accessible digital content and development services.

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Guidelines and resources to help instructors and others incorporate principles of UDL in their learning environments.

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Guidelines and checklists for testing content to ensure accessibility.

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