Making effective use of all communication channels to reach people with disabilities

This guidance was written for government communicators on how to provide accessible communication formats.

Producing inclusive documents can help your business include new customers

Council of Ontario Universities provides guidelines and tips on producing inclusive documents (print & digital)

These tools can help your business craft accessible office documents by choosing accessible office applications

The IDRC has compiled a list of techniques and best practices to ensure your office documents meet the requirements of WCAG 2.0 and ATAG 1.0, this resource is composed by numerous applications divided by categories (word processing, spreadsheets, presentation and other) each application has a step-by-step guidance making it easier for you to only focus on your desire applications.  

This system can evaluate your business’s web pages for accessibility problems

This is a model system that demonstrates how web pages may be checked for accessibility problems. The accessibility checks in this system are based upon the proposed Open Accessibility Checks (OAC), a universal series of tests that may be applied to HTML pages to determine their compliance with accessibility standards.

This open and collaborative software can help your business improve the user experience

An open source software focused on designing flexible, customizable, user-centered interfaces. Fluid produces Infusion, an open, rich, reusable set of user interface components and more.

Guidance on Accessible Communication Formats

The government of UK has an useful guidance on how to use effectively accessible communications formats to reach all your audience, while all the information is relevant to Ontario standards there are some exceptions like the use of British Sign Language (BSL), Here in Canada, American sign language (ASL) is the primary method of communication for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

This resource covers the do’s and don’t’s of providing accessible information and communications

Training module that covers the requirements for providing and receiving information and communications in ways that are accessible to people with disabilities.

OpenCaps lets you make captions and subtitles for your videos to reach a wider audience

An evolving desktop captioning and video description software. It supports captioning for Quicktime movies, movies uploads to YouTube, as well as the creation of video description audio tracks. CapScribe Desktop runs on Intel Macs and is available for download and exploration.

Sign Link Studio

A technique that enables sign language based web sites on the Internet. An authoring tool called SignEd creates the webpages by marking up sign language video files with sign language based hyperlinks called “signlinks”. The website that makes SignEd available was built using the tool and demonstrates this new web page technique.

This guide helps your business in using various media channels to reach people with disabilities

Using a range of communication channels will help to maximise the number of people you reach.

This helps your business be compliant with the AODA

Guidelines to create accessible Internet and intranet websites and web on Ontario.

This offers strategies, guidelines, and resources to make the Web more accessible to all

The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops strategies, guidelines, and resources to help make the Web accessible to people with disabilities.

How to provide alternative texts to images for people with blindness or low vision

This tutorial demonstrates how to provide appropriate text alternatives based on the purpose of the image.

This tells you the do’s and don’t’s of alternative text

This article presents interpretation of appropriate use of alternative text.

This helps small businesses to assess their current Information and Communication Systems in terms of accessibility

A pdf guide that assists small businesses in understanding the AODA Requirements for Accessible Information and Communications and in mapping strategies to convey those.