Website Accessibility Policy

The Centre for Diverse Learners is committed to providing a website that is accessible to every single person. Regardless of whether you use a smart phone, laptop or tablet, CDL aims to create an environment that enables anyone to participate fully in the use of this website. 

We are continually auditing and working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines. 

Accessibility guidelines 

Our aim is to ensure that all pages of this website conform to Level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0), along with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). These guidelines are the internationally and provincially recognized benchmark for building accessible websites. 

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines also makes web content more user-friendly for all people. 

Website standards compliance 

The themes, plugins, and development on our website have followed W3C guidelines. Specifically, some of the accessibility features we have implemented on the site include the following: 

  • All non-text content that is presented to the user has a text alternative that serves the equivalent purpose, except for the situations listed below.  
  • Instructions provided for understanding and operating content do not rely solely on sensory characteristics of components such as shape, color, size, visual location, orientation, or sound. 
  • The purpose of each input field collecting information about the user can be programmatically determined. 
  • Color is not used as the only visual means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element. 
  • If any audio on a Web page plays automatically for more than 3 seconds, either a mechanism is available to pause or stop the audio, or a mechanism is available to control audio volume independently from the overall system volume level. 
  • The visual presentation of text and images of text has a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1. 
  • Except for captions and images of text, text can be resized without assistive technology up to 200 percent without loss of content or functionality. 
  • Content can be presented without loss of information or functionality, and without requiring scrolling in two dimensions 
  • In content implemented using markup languages that support the following text style properties, no loss of content or functionality occurs by setting all of the following and by changing no other style property

Where possible use an up-to-date browser 

By using an up-to-date browser (the program you use to access the internet), you will have access to a much richer set of options to aid you as you navigate your way around this site.

Recite Me 

The Recite Me cloud-based technology toolbar on our website allows you to customize your content so that you can consume it in ways that work best for you. 

Here’s a few tools you can use: 

  • Screen Reader 
  • Translation 
  • Styling & Customization 
  • Reading Aids 

Contact information 

If you experience any problem accessing the site, then please contact [email protected] or call 289-812-9189. 

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