The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was signed in 2005 and since that time there have been standards set, such as colour contrast, that govern the design and installation of signage in order to support persons with disabilities. AODA signs are now required by law and it is up to Mississauga business owners to ensure that their businesses are compliant.
Not only do AODA compliant signs help avoid regulatory violations that can result in fines and even lawsuits, but being compliant also sends the right message to your customers that you care about everyone’s safety and wellbeing. As we are now 30 years out from the initial act being signed, it should be no surprise that there have been some additions and amendments along the way.
Staying Up to Date With AODA Requirements In 2020
We’ve talked before about understanding the guidelines for AODA signs, both inside and outside of your building, as well as ways to customize AODA compliant signs to support your brand. It’s important to review your AODA signage every year to ensure that all pieces are in good condition and that you don’t need to add to or update any areas. It’s best to meet with a signage expert annually to review any changes you may not be aware of.
When it comes to changing guidelines for 2020, AODA compliance is focused on websites and online data. Because most companies and organizations have had their websites for years, most were not designed at the time for people with disabilities. However, since your business website is a representation of your business, you can see why having a website that is accessible or AODA compliant matters.
Keep in mind that your website and all your business signage is a reflection of your business values and your brand and that it’s important to deliver a consistent message. As such, as you move to ensure your online presence is AODA compliant, it’s a good time to also make sure you have AODA signs in all the right places and that they are in compliance too. Things like AODA restroom signs and AODA signage to mark permanent rooms and spaces will go a long way in helping to build a positive reputation for your business.
As you complete an AODA compliance check for the signs used in your business this year, here are some questions to ask:
- Is there adequate AODA signage to identify, direct, or inform visitors about accessible features?
- Have the required pictograms been used as needed?
- Are their recommended pictograms that can be added to improve customer experience?
- Have any doors or walls been changed that require AODA signs to be reinstalled to meet regulations?
- Do your AODA restroom signs include the proper grade level of braille as well as pictograms?
By being mindful of AODA requirements and updates, you can feel confident that your Mississauga business is making inclusivity a priority.
Create AODA Compliant Signs with SSK Signs
SSK Signs knows how important it is for businesses to have the AODA signs they need. In order to make sure you’re up to date and following all required regulations, you need a signage expert in your corner. Consider SSK Signs as your top source for AODA and AODA custom signs in Mississauga and throughout the Toronto area. Whether you’re a new business or well-established company, you can count on our team to work with you to create on brand, AODA compliant signage that will support your success. Contact us and let us show you how we can help.