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Accessibility Policy

We believe all individuals have the right to access information on the internet, regardless the device they use. Please see our Accessibility Policy below, for more details.

Purpose

Designated public sector organizations and large organizations shall make their internet websites and web content conform with the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)2.0, initially at Level A and increasing to Level AA. The purpose of this document is to outline the steps Bowmanville Health Centre has taken to achieve Level A/AA compliancy.

Accountability

This policy pertains to www.bowmanvillehealthcentre.ca and support applications (not including third party and externally linked websites) and to their administrators.

Bowmanville Health Centre shall designate a staff member to be responsible for incorporation and enforcement of this Policy. This responsibility includes the dissemination of guidelines, standards, and compliance monitoring reports to the appropriate staff.

Appropriate staff includes, but is not limited to, Bowmanville Health Centre employees responsible for site administration or content development as well as any consultant or vendor responsible forthe Web site and/or content as well as tennants of Bowmanville Health Centre.

It shall be the responsibility of the Bowmanville Health Centre to ensure its web site is in compliance. It is the responsibility of each employee and tennant to enforce this policy.

Description

Many organizations control their websites and web content, including web-based applications, either directly or through a contractual relationship. That is, they may develop a website and web content in house or they may hire a consultant. In both cases, the organization has control of the functionality and the appearance of the website, as well as its content. Therefore, the organization has the responsibility and ability to incorporate accessibility.

The enactment of the Accessibility for Ontarians Act (AODA) protects Canadians/Ontarians with physical or mental disabilities from discrimination.

Inaccessible technology interferes with an individual's ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily. The passing of AODA eliminates barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals.

Bowmanville Health Centre has taken steps to provide a more accessible environment for their website, including both the User Interface (UI) and the content itself. These enhancements are an ongoing effort to refine and provide a full suite of tools that will meet the needs of our visitors. Currently, these tools include:

(1) Robust META data to assist with screen-reader technology
(2) A fully responsive website providing an optimized small screen user interface
(3) A text re-sizing tool
(4) A full colour and high-contrast version of the website
(5) Descriptive link and button names
(6) Consistent page layouts
(7) Controllers for timed media
(8) Closed Captioning for video content

Bowmanville Health Centre continues to refine and adjust our accessibility toolset. Visit this page regularly to find out what tools have been added.

This document was last updated Friday, September 11th, 2015.