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Ontario has a goal to become fully accessible for people with disabilities by 2025, so that those with disabilities have more opportunities to participate in everyday life.  You’re likely aware of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), but what you might not know is how the AODA applies to your website and other digital properties. 

Under the AODA, all public sector, private and non-profit organizations are required to make their websites accessible.  By January 1st, 2021, all public websites and web content posted after 2012, must meet the WCAG Level AA.  The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is an internationally accepted standard for web accessibility developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  

WCAG guidelines will make content accessible to people with a wide range of disabilities, including:

  • Blindness and low vision
  • Deafness and hearing loss
  • Learning disabilities
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Mobility impairments
  • Speech impairments
Following the WCAG guidelines will not only make your website and content more accessible to people with disabilities, it will also make it more usable by older individuals with changing abilities due to ageing and ultimately it will improve the overall experience for all users.  WCAG’s guidelines and success criteria are organized around the following principles, which lay the foundation necessary for anyone to access and use web content:
  1. Perceivable: Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive. 
  2. Operable: User interface components and navigation must be operable.
  3. Understandable: Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable.
  4. Robust: Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.
It’s important to know that AODA compliance is not optional.  Companies can face fines of up to $100,000 a day for non-compliance and directors and officers of a corporation with fiduciary responsibility are liable for a fine of up to $50,000 a day.

Though Level AA compliance is not required until 2021, as an interactive agency with particular thought leadership, A.K.A. has been developing websites to meet Level AA for several years.  Because of our commitment to the AODA and our client’s success, we have partnered with Siteimprove to offer our client’s a complimentary digital audit of their site to evaluate where they currently stand in advance of the upcoming deadline.  Siteimprove is a global leader in digital accessibility and website optimization solutions, helping over 7,500 organizations world-wide provide a more inclusive online experience.

AODA Compliant Level AA websites developed by A.K.A., featured in banner:

Posted by Global Administrator on 10/9/2019 1:56:23 PM
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A.K.A. is excited to announce the launch of the new Round House Theatre website.

Dubbed “the current meteor in DC Theatre” by the Washington Post, Round House Theatre is one of the “Big Six” professional theatres in the Washington, DC area. Round House is a home for outstanding ensemble acting and lifelong learning.

Round House needed a website that would better engage their growing and loyal ticket buying audience, aiding their mission to captivate audiences with stories that inspire compassion, evoke emotions and demand conversation.  The website which is built on Kentico CMS and integrates with Spektrix Ticketing System to help Round House offer a convenient and mobile responsive ticket buying experience for users.


Check out the new Round House website here!

Posted by Global Administrator on 8/23/2019 11:54:46 AM
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Our friends at Jack.org launched a game-changing mental health resource that teaches us how to better be there for one another. Whether you have 5 minutes or 5 hours, learn more at BeThere.org


A.K.A. is honoured to have the opportunity to work with the Jack.org team, designing and developing this groundbreaking website. Be There is an immersive and beautiful mobile responsive website built on a best-in-class CMS which empowers the Be There team to manage their online presence efficiently and effectively.


Check out the Be There website, share it with the young people in your life and donate to a great cause!


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University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF), which is the fundraising arm of Kingston Health Sciences Centre and Providence Care, needed a new modern website that would reflect their values of excellence, integrity, collaboration and resourcefulness. The result was a beautiful and dynamic website which will better inspire generosity for the health of Kingston families and beyond. The new website seamlessly integrates with AKA raisin, to support online donations from UHKF’s generous supporters.

The new website was built on the best-in-class, commercially supported CMS, Kentico, which has empowered the UHKF team to manage all aspects of their website internally. Kentico, which is a leader in CMS industry, has offices world-wide and is used for over 25,000 websites globally, recognizes ten websites a month as the best designed and developed. Through the hard-work and collaboration of the A.K.A and UHKF teams, in March, UHKF was recognized as one of the Top Sites.   
Check out the new UHKF website here and consider making a donation which will help make the people of Southeastern Ontario healthier.

Check out Kentico's blog here!


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A.K.A.'s recent launch, USDM Life Sciences, named a February Site of the Month.

USDM  is a Santa Barbara-based life sciences consulting firm with over 20 years experience in global compliance and technology. USDM challenged us to make them stand out in the crowded Life Sciences field. The result is beautiful, immersive site that reflects the energy of the organization and their bold solutions that accelerate innovation and compliance. 

Check out the new USDM Life Sciences website here!
Check out Kentico’s February Sites of the Month post here!


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