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The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
legislation carries stiff penalties for organizations that do not
comply with requests for documentation in alternative formats. If you
are one of the public sector organizations affected by the January 1,
2012 AODA deadline, you will want to know how to comply with the
relevant legislation to avoid these sanctions.
There are several business operating documents and notices that need to be made available in alternate formats for AODA printing, such as Braille, Large-Print, audio CD and eText. Anyone can request documentation in these formats, including your customers, employees, business partners or associates.
AODA regulations cover a wide range of business documents, including (but not limited to):
Failure to provide alternative formats may result in a penalty of up to
$50,000 per day (if you are a Director or Officer of the organization)
and up to $100,000 a day for Corporations. These penalties apply if you
provide misleading information in an accessibility report and/or fail
to comply with an order.
Crawford Technologies can provide you with document accessibility services to produce either regular output or ad-hoc one-off documents in alternative formats to meet your AODA printing needs.
We can also help you make resources available for download from your
website for use with assistive technologies.
When it comes to the AODA Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, our three-step plan will ensure you are compliant and help you to avoid any penalties:
We have compiled some useful resources, supplied by the Government of
Ontario, to assist you in understanding AODA printing and compliance.
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us now for a
no-obligation discussion on how to comply with the Accessibility for
Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
Crawford Technologies is a member of The American Council of the Blind, the American Foundation for the Blind and the Braille Authority of North America. CrawfordTech is a Board member of the Canadian Braille Authority.
"In the end we went with CrawfordTech and we are very pleased with our decision. Their PRO AFP to PDF/A solution has a smart design that is simple and easy use." - a major insurance company
"Providing monthly statements in Braille, e-text and large-format print using CrawfordTech's DAS service helps us stay at the forefront of client communications and customer satisfaction while conforming to all applicable regulations and laws." - a national telecoms provider