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Digital Accessibility is a fascinating, complex subject that can seem to be quite scary but actually, the principles of it are quite logical and straightforward.

The biggest challenge we find is getting people started on their digital accessibility journey.

We love sharing our experiences and our thoughts through this blog.

Whether it is looking at accessible web design, an accessibility audit or any other aspect of digital accessibility, we hope that you find them interesting and engaging.

 

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Logical Reading Order

Posted on 22 June 2023

What does a Logical Reading Order mean?

Scottish Parliament Website Expenses Tool Page. A large arrow is pointing to the opened accessibility toolbar

Imitation is the highest form of flattery!

Posted on 21 June 2023

That accessibility tool looks familiar! In my last blog, I detailed my recent journey with the Scottish Parliament in developing...

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Helping the Scottish Parliament with their Digital Accessibility

Posted on 19 June 2023

A very different experience We usually get called in to work with an organisation after launching their website, often up...

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Understanding Web Analytics: Using Data to Improve Your Website's Performance

Posted on 10 June 2023

Web analytics is essential for any business or organization with a website. It involves collecting and analyzing data on...

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Let’s talk about Links

Posted on 8 June 2023

Website accessibility audit for an NHS Trust I have just finished an audit for an NHS Health Trust. Generally, the...

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Today is a day of triple celebration!

Posted on 18 May 2023

By the strangest of coincidences, 3 events are happening today. What is happening? Firstly, today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day! It...

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Once upon a time, 34 years ago…

Posted on 11 May 2023

A life-changing event 4 teenagers come out of a club in Brighton at 2am. The driver felt he had too...

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Our Accessiblity Toolbar

Posted on 10 May 2023

We do this as standard! Ever since 2006, when we created our first fully accessible website, we have always created...

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“We don’t allow Alt text”

Posted on 27 April 2023

An extensive digital accessibility review I was talking to one of my clients yesterday that I had done a large...

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The Blue Badge Access Awards 2023 have now been launched, with a new website!

Posted on 26 April 2023

What are the Blue Badge Access Awards? The Blue Badge Access Awards has been setting the Gold Standard for Access...

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Access by Design shortlisted for Small Award!

Posted on 30 March 2023

The Digital Star Award We are very proud to announce that we have been has been shortlisted for the Digital...

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How to Migrate Your Business Online

Posted on 14 March 2023

The consequences of the deadly epidemic have been truly harsh on people. However, certain reports reveal a considerable increase...

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Expanding our team again in a different way!

Posted on 2 March 2023

Live website audits One of my favourite parts of what I do is working with my Team on the Live...

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Enlightening and horrifying!

Posted on 23 February 2023

I would like to share a comment I received on Monday from a web developer after I presented them...

Photos of the Access by Design Audit Team: Iona, Mede, Sara, Krista and Lleona

LinkedIn tried to become more accessible and it sadly backfired

Posted on 16 February 2023

LinkedIn has decided to automatically add an alt tag when you post with an image.A commendable attempt to improve...

The Access by Design Website Accessibility Audit Team: Krista (Superpower: Blind, Weapon: JAWs Screen Reader),  Mede (Superpower: Blind, Weapon: JAWs Screen Reader),  Iona (Superpower: Cannot use hands, Weapon: Dragon Dictation),  Sara (Superpower: Neurodivergent, Weapon: Dark Mode), Lleona (Superpower: Blind, Weapon: NVDA Screen Reader),

Let me ask you a question

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If you truly wanted to find out how accessible your website is for disabled people, does it...

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The European Accessibility Act

Posted on 9 February 2023

The train is coming. The European Accessibility Act comes into force on the 28th June 2025. At this point, website...

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What happens when you fall at the first hurdle?

Posted on 7 February 2023

Accessibility audit for a sixth form college I completed a website accessibility audit with a college recently. Like other...

How much would you rather spend on exactly the same audit? Option A is next to a bag of money. Option B is next to 5 bags of money. You choose

Which would you rather pay, for the same website accessibility audit?

Posted on 26 January 2023

Legal action has already begun I have been working with a client recently, undertaking an accessibility audit of their website.Unfortunately,...

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A different accessibility statement

Posted on 25 January 2023

I love this accessibility statement!I was out walking along this seafront this morning and came...

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Do you just want to tick boxes?

Posted on 12 January 2023

What are you looking for?

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Website Accessibility Training Day in Chichester 27th Feburary 2023

Posted on 5 January 2023

If you are a web designer and are in West Sussex or Hampshire, this is for you! Website accessibility (for...

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My TEDxTalk on Website Accessibility is now featured on TED.com!

Posted on 13 December 2022

**** UPDATE ****My talk is now live, follow this link to watch it!  I am simply...

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Why Every Industry Should Make Customer Experience a Priority

Posted on 12 December 2022

Customer experience should always be a top priority for businesses in every industry — no matter how big or...