It’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day

It’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day

May 19, 2016

​​​Imagine if you couldn’t use a mouse. Or hear video. Or see text and images on a page.

It’s something most of us take for granted every day but for thousands of Ontarians living with disabilities, browsing the Internet can be a real ​challenge. From people with visual impairments and color blindness to those with dexterity issues and motor impairments, the design and layout of a website can make it impossible for those with disabilities to read and understand information.

Today marks Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a day to spark conversation and action about making the world more accessible. Our new website has been designed with the goal of making information accessible and responsive for all users and we continue to make changes and improvements to respond to the needs of users with accessibility issues.

We’ve followed the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) as required by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Our new website includes accessible features like:

  • Flowing information so that someone using a screen reader receives the information in the correct order
  • Creating links that make it clear where the link leads to for someone using a screen reader 
  • Using colours with enough contrast so people with visual impairments can see them
  • Making sure that when we have visual features, like the map showing where all our properties are that there is an alternative version that could be understood using a screen reader
To learn more about Toronto Community Housing’s accessibility standards and policies, visit our accessibility section or email webmaster@torontohousing.ca

Visit the Global Accessibility Awareness Day website to learn more.