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Changing the world, one website at a time

Changing the world, one website at a time

I spent the weekend putting the finishing touches together for my TEDx talk on Wednesday. After 15 years of talking about website accessibility for disabled people to everyone who will listen (and even some who wouldn’t!), I am just so excited to have this wonderful opportunity to put the message out to a much wider audience. I should be on stage around 3.30pm and the... read more »

The Tab Test

The Tab Test

How to quickly check if a website is accessible When I use the word "website accessibility", I mean "website accessibility for disabled people". I have been talking about website accessibility for disabled people since 2006, it has always been a passion of mine and always will be. The guidance to help website designers create websites meet the needs of disabled people have been around since, wait... read more »

You cannot use a mouse or a keyboard, what do you do?

You cannot use a mouse or a keyboard, what do you do?

Some of us have significant challenges This is the daily experience for one of my fab testers, Iona. A brain injury 5 years ago left her without the use of one hand and only limited use of her other hand. Using a keyboard or a mouse for any period of time is painful, so she relies on Dragon Dictation software. We use whatever tools are available Dragon... read more »

What is it really like to use a screen reader?

What is it really like to use a screen reader?

What are screen readers? I talk about screen readers a fair bit. They allow blind people to use websites. Blind people cannot use a mouse because they cannot see what to click on. They use a keyboard instead, in conjunction with software such as JAWS or NVDA. This software “reads out” what is on the website and the person will use the keyboard to navigate... read more »

What is a website accessibility statement?

What is a website accessibility statement?

Why did I write this post? I ran a poll last week in which I asked some questions about website accessibility statements. My poll is now closed and I am very grateful to everyone who took part. 53% of those who responded did not know what a website accessibility statement one was, so that is subject of my post today! A website accessibility statement is produced after... read more »

A fresh new logo for 2022 with a band new website to follow soon!

A fresh new logo for 2022 with a band new website to follow soon!

We have 3 websites: Access by Design, Run Your Own Website and Access by Audit. Run Your Own Website Version 2 was launched last year, with a fresh new website design and an updated logo. Access by Audit was only launched last year and so also has a fresh design. That just leaves Access by Design, our main website. This was last redesigned, er,... read more »

Is this an acceptable Cookie Banner?

Is this an acceptable Cookie Banner?

The image is of a stop sign, a wheelchair sign with a cross through it. The text reads "This website is for people who are not disabled. Click here to confirm you are not disabled before entering this website. Whether you think this... read more »

It is not just about Cookie Banners...

It is not just about Cookie Banners...

A life-changing accident... June 11th 1989. Jess and I were teenagers. She was the singer in my band and we were also engaged. We were passengers in a horrific car accident that left us both with life-changing injuries. I had a collapsed lung and was on life-support and the medical staff put my chances of survival at very slim.  I also suffered major head trauma that has led... read more »

Premier Motors have had a freshen up for 2022!

Premier Motors have had a freshen up for 2022!

Sometimes your website just needs a fresh coast of paint rather than a complete rebuild, this was exactly the case with Premier Motorhomes! Read the Case Study by following this linkread more »

Ban Cookie Banners

Ban Cookie Banners

Do you know what a Cookie Banner is? It is that irritating message that pops up when you first visit a website, asking if you consent to have cookies stored in your browser. They are annoying but that is not why I want to rid the world of them. If you are blind and use a screen reader to visit websites, a cookie banner can make... read more »

You can now help rid the world of Cookie Banners!

You can now help rid the world of Cookie Banners!

It has finally happened! Now YOU can do your bit in ridding the world of Cookie Banners! If you are registering to vote in the UK, please add your signature now! The link is in the first comment below. I will posting a lot more about this until I hit 10,000 signatures, If you dislike cookie banners, now is your opportunity to get... read more »

Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

It is wonderful to see the buzz around this day. Gradually, the mainstream media is beginning to realise how important this issue is. I saw an interview on the BBC this morning with the head of an organisation that is as passionate about website accessibility as I am, particularly with regard to e-commerce. The guidelines for ensuring websites meet the needs of disabled people have... read more »

Let us rid the world of cookie banners!

Let us rid the world of cookie banners!

A lot of companies have cookie banners because they believe it is required by law. This is technically true if you use certain types of analytic code on your website that tracks behaviour. It is not a legal requirement if you do not have such analytics software code. The problem is that Cookie Banners are a major accessibility problem for blind people using screen readers... read more »

The Law of Unintended Consequences #bancookiebanners

The Law of Unintended Consequences #bancookiebanners

There are many reasons why I hate Cookie Banners. I do not dislike them. I do not find them irritating. I hate them. With a vengeance. Over the last 10 years, we have seen the BBC, Google, Microsoft, Apple and many other innovative companies put accessibility at the heart of what they do and they have come out with the most brilliant ideas around assistive technology. During... read more »

I am speaking at a TedX event on Website Accessibility for Disabled People!

I am speaking at a TedX event on Website Accessibility for Disabled People!

I am so excited to announce that I am going to be speaking at TedX Lukely Brook on Wednesday March 2nd 2022! You may be unsurprised to learn that I am speaking about a subject closest to my heart: Website Accessibility for Disabled People!  I have spent 15 years talking about this; at meetings, events, media interviews and through rather a lot of online articles.... read more »

Oops, sorry, we didn’t think of that….

Oops, sorry, we didn’t think of that….

As the BBC reported yesterday, an Israeli Government Minister, Karine Elharrar, had to return to her hotel 50 miles away after waiting for 2 hours to access COP26. George Eustace, a Government Minister, implied that this was the fault of the Israeli delegations for not specifying Ms Bennet’s accessibility needs in advance. The Israeli Embassy explained that they had "communicated over the past several weeks... read more »