Technology For Accessibility

Accessible information technology is technology that can be used by individuals with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. Accessible technology is either directly accessible, i.e., can be used without assistive technology, or it is compatible with the use of assistive technology. Each individual is able to interact with the technology in ways that work best for him or her. In this section, you will find information and resources in the area of: 

Assistive Technology – Learn about the various types of assistive technology here. 

Operating System Accessibility – Learn how to make your computer accessible by using the built-in features of your computer. 

Mobile Accessibility  - Learn about various types of mobile devices and their accessibility features. 

Helping you meet Ontario's AODA
How It Relates to the AODA legislation: 

The Technology for Accessiblity relates to the following sections of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Integrated Accessibility Regulation:  

Accessible Formats and Communication Supports

Training on Accessible Course Delivery and Instruction

AODA Significance: 

1. The Technology For Accessibility section describes how educators might utilize accessible technologies to teach, communicate and share information.
2.  People interact, learn and communicate in diverse ways.  Learning opportunities are increased when flexible ways of engaging with learning materials are provided. Considering how people communicate is important for knowledge to be exchanged. Alternative formats take into account diverse ways of exchanging information.
3. The AODA legislates that educators, teachers and staff learn about accessible course delivery, instruction and evaluation and be knowledgeable at interacting and communicating with people with disabilities who may use alternative formats.

Additional Resources: 

To learn of ways to innovate, develop & design for accessibility, visit OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Centre website.                                                                       
To learn how this section relates to the core principles of the AODA Customer Service regulation, visit the AODA page on SNOW .