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Let's start this journey with one of the main reasons you are taking this course: the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. We'll call it "the act" for short.

The act is a provincial law that allows the government to develop specific standards of accessibility and to enforce them. The goal is to make Ontario accessible by 2025.

The purpose of the act is to develop, implement, and enforce standards in these areas:

These standards address barriers to people with disabilities in these areas.

How are these standards developed? The standards are developed by committees that include people with disabilities, the provincial government, and representatives of various industries and sectors. People have an opportunity to review and comment on the standard before they are completed. The standards may be adopted as regulations under the act.