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Accessibility Initiatives

This guide describes major accessibility initiatives at Scholars Portal including the Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE), the ACE digitization service, and the Accessibility Information Toolkit for Libraries.

Accessibility Information Toolkit for Libraries

About the toolkit

The Accessibility Information Toolkit for Libraries is offered to the OCUL community as a useful resource, explaining institutional obligations under the AODA legislation and providing examples of "best practices" in the context of Ontario university libraries. It is divided into three major sections: Public Services, Procurement, and Law and Administration. The material in this toolkit should be considered in the context of each institution and adapted accordingly. Excerpts can be adopted, revised or incorporated into institutional guides, policies or any other supporting documentation.

The toolkit was produced by the University of Toronto Libraries in partnership with the Ontario Council of University Libraries, with support from the Government of Ontario.

Download the toolkit

The toolkit PDF is available for download in both English and French on the OCUL website.

If you have any questions or comments about this toolkit, please contact ocul@ocul.on.ca. We encourage you to tweet about this toolkit using the hashtag #OCULtoolkit.

AODA timeline

Below we have summarized the AODA compliance timeline applicable to Ontario university libraries. For more information on compliance requirements and how they apply to your institution, visit the AODA Compliance Wizard.

  • January 1, 2012
    • Emergency procedure, plans or public safety information
  • January 1, 2013
    • Educational and training resources and materials
    • Training to educators
    • Public libraries
  • January 1, 2014
  • January 1, 2015
    • Accessible formats and communication supports
    • Educational libraries - print-based resources
    • Producers of educational or training material - Textbooks
  • January 1, 2020
    • Educational libraries - multi-media/digital resources
    • Producers of educational or training material - Supplementary print materials
  • January 1, 2021
    • All internet websites and web content must conform with WCAG 2.0 Level AAA (excluding live captioning and audio description)