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On Oct. 27, 2014 Laurier launched a new website that meets the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) WCAG 2.0 Level A guidelines for accessibility. User testing with prospective students was also conducted to ensure the usability of the site.

Accessibility Features

All tables on the site use headings that describe the contents of row and columns.

Images have a descriptive ‘ALT’ attribute. Decorative images have been tagged properly to avoid them being read by screen readers.

Cascading sheets were used to ensure consistent fonts and colours throughout the site. Colour contrast ratios meet accessibility standards. The font sizes are specified using percentages or ‘ems’ rather than points or pixels.

Key links in body copy were assigned 'TITLE' attributes when opening a new browser window.

Accessibility Help

Discover how you can adjust your browser or system to meet your accessibility needs by visiting the accessibility sites for the following programs:

Current and prospective Laurier students seeking information about services and support are encouraged to visit the Accessible Learning Centre.

Known Issues

The website looks and works best when viewed in Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer 9 or higher. Users who view the site in other web browsers may experience display issues.

As we work to resolve any issues that do not meet AODA - WCAG 2.0 Level AA guidelines:

  • Content in PDFs can be made available upon request.
  • Virtual maps are available in text-only versions.

Future Improvements

Content on the legacy site will be made accessible as it is moved off the old system and into new web-based solutions. We are dedicated to making Laurier’s website accessible for all users, and welcome feedback regarding the accessibility of the site. Email to report any difficulties you are having viewing or accessing features of the site.

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Laurier, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, produced a handbook as a guide for large public-sector organizations (with 50 employees or more) to help them take the necessary steps to make their websites accessible. Download the Enabling Access Through Web Renewal handbook.


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