Mar 23


Every three years nonprofits and businesses with 20+ employees need to complete a report with the Ontario Government confirming their compliance with the AODA. For public sector organizations, this must be done every two years.

In an effort to streamline what has been a challenging process in the past, now you just have three steps to file your accessibility compliance report. 

Compliance reports must be submitted by December 31st but, if you are already compliant, why wait?!

If you are not sure if you are AODA compliant, join our “Accessibility Compliance 101” Webinar Series to learn about your obligations and get resources to help you comply.

Workshops & Webinars
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Accessibility Compliance 101

June 13-27th (Tuesdays) – REGISTER   1:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m.

The Accessibility Compliance 101 webinar series has been designed with the recognition that you have limited time and need the most up-to-date information. This interactive series of three webinars has been specially designed for staff who are responsible for their organization’s AODA implementation and compliance.

The Accessibility Compliance 101 Webinar Series includes:

  1. Live webinars
  2. Copies of each of the webinar (.pdf)
  3. Access to the recorded sessions (for the week following each webinar);
  4. Customer Service Standard Policy Template
  5. Integrated Accessibility Standards Policy Template (includes Information and Communications, Employment and Design of Public Space Standards requirements)
  6. Multi-Year Accessibility Template
  7. Resources, best practices, tips and tools

Workshop:  AODA Train-the-Trainer

June 29th – REGISTER   1:00pm to 5:00pm (Toronto)

This workshop will provide an overview of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and will focus on the how this information can be delivered in an interactive and fun training session for your staff and volunteers.Participants in this training will receive:

  1. Information on each of the Standards and OHRC
  2. A customizable copy of Accessibility Ontario’s the 1 1/2-hour PowerPoint presentation
  3. Training workshop handouts and interactive activities
  4. A live demonstration of the 90-minute training workshop
  5. Ideas on how adapt the training for your organization’s needs

Hands-On Workshop:
How to Make Accessible Word & PDFs

May 15th – REGISTER    9:30 am to 4:00pm (Toronto)

Previously, only people with web coding skills could make accessible documents and web content. However, with the advancements in everyday software, now anyone can create and maintain accessible documents!

This workshop will expand on your existing knowledge of Microsoft Word and PDF documents to show you how easy it can be to make documents that are accessible.

What You Will Learn:

  1. What makes a Microsoft Word and PDF document accessible
  2. How to format a Word document for accessibility
  3. Where relevant menu items are in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat programs
  4. Procedures to create accessible documents
  5. The different types of PDF documents
  6. How to convert an existing PDF or Word document into an accessible PDF

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Hands-On Workshop:
How to Make InAccessible PDFs Accessible

May 16th REGISTER    9:30 am to 4:00pm (Toronto)This hands-on workshop is a follow-up to the “How to make Accessible Word Documents” workshop (Part1), it has been designed with the approach of addressing more complicated content.

  • How do I make tables with merged cells more accessible?
  • What do I do with complicated drawings and charts?
  • When should I use the auto tag feature in Acrobat?
  • How do I fix incorrect reading order?
  • We use a lot of abbreviations – how do I make them accessible?

This is a hands-on, in-depth course that tackles the complexity of creating accessible PDFs from inaccessible documents within Acrobat Professional.

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AODA Training:

Online training to meet your compliance requirements

All organizations with 1+ employees should have completed training on all 5 AODA standards and on the Ontario Human Rights Code, as it relates to persons with disabilities. The compliance deadline for large nonprofits and businesses (50+ employees) was Jan. 1, 2015 and small organizations was Jan. 1, 2016. Existing and future staff, volunteers and board members must also all receive AODA training.

Accessibility Ontario offers 20-minute online training courses to help your organization easily meet this training requirement. Our courses include practical tips, case studies, a quiz, and certificate of completion.

We also offer in-person training and you can contact us to discuss.