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Website Accessibility what does this mean to your company website?

The following quotes are taken form the DDA and were accessed from WebCredible webite.  You can view more from this site by cicking here

“The Disability Discrimination Act makes it unlawful for a service provider to discriminate against a disabled person by refusing to provide any service which it provides to members of the public.”

From 1st October 1999 a service provider has to take reasonable steps to change a practice which makes it unreasonably difficult for disabled people to make use of its services.”

“For people with visual impairments, the range of auxiliary aids or services which it might be reasonable to provide to ensure that services are accessible might include ... accessible websites.”

“For people with hearing disabilities, the range of auxiliary aids or services which it might be reasonable to provide to ensure that services are accessible might include ... accessible websites.”

So what does this mean to your website?

It is possible that you could be sued if your site does not comply to the guidelines set out and to be quite honest it is not difficult to comply to the minimum required.

Apart from any legal wranglings you may get yourself into, it is far more important from a potential customer perspective that your website is accessible. 

According to the Royal National Institute for Blind People in 2006 there were appox 80,000 registered blind or partiallly sighted people in the UK.  Having an impaired vision does not mean you can't use the same facilities and non impaired and therefore creating site which exclude up to 80,000 potential customers does not make good business sense. This is just one disability when multiplied by hearing impaired etc your potential target market if your website is accessible is much higher.

Click here to find out what you need to do to make your site accessible.


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Accessibility checking tools available on the Internet

Wave will check web pages one at a time for you free and tell you where is fails

AbilityNet is a useful resource for DDA information

10 quick tips to accessibility

The Accesspond website has loads of useful information on it