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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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Changing the world, one website at a time

Posted on 28 February 2022

I spent the weekend putting the finishing touches together for my...

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

Posted on 25 February 2022

Some of us have significant challenges This is the daily experience for one of my fab testers, Iona. A brain...

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What is it really like to use a screen reader?

Posted on 18 February 2022

What are screen readers? I talk about screen readers a fair bit. They allow blind people to use websites. Blind...

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What is a website accessibility statement?

Posted on 10 February 2022

Why did I write this post? I ran a poll last week in which I asked some questions about website...

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

Posted on 27 January 2022

We have 3 websites: Access by Design,...

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Is this an acceptable Cookie Banner?

Posted on 20 January 2022 Whether you think this is acceptable or not, this is the Cookie Banner that exists on countless websites across the world.
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It is not just about Cookie Banners...

Posted on 6 January 2022

A life-changing accident... June 11th 1989. Jess and I were teenagers.She was the singer in my band and we were...

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Premier Motors have had a freshen up for 2022!

Posted on 5 January 2022

Sometimes your website just needs a fresh coast of paint rather than a complete rebuild, this was exactly the...

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Ban Cookie Banners

Posted on 22 December 2021 If you are blind and use a screen reader to visit websites, a cookie banner can make your life much difficult and, in some cases, can prevent you actually getting into the website at all.
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You can now help rid the world of Cookie Banners!

Posted on 17 December 2021

It has finally happened! Now YOU can do your bit in ridding the world of Cookie Banners!...

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Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Posted on 3 December 2021

It is wonderful to see the buzz around this day. Gradually, the mainstream media is beginning to realise how...

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Let us rid the world of cookie banners!

Posted on 2 December 2021

A lot of companies have cookie banners because they believe it is required by law. This is technically true...

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The Law of Unintended Consequences #bancookiebanners

Posted on 25 November 2021

There are many reasons why I hate Cookie Banners.I do not dislike them. I do not find them irritating.I...

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

Posted on 11 November 2021

I am so excited to announce that I am going to be speaking at TedX Lukely Brook on Wednesday...

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

Posted on 4 November 2021

As the BBC reported yesterday, an Israeli Government Minister, Karine Elharrar, had to return to her hotel 50...

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Today is Purple Tuesday!

Posted on 2 November 2021

Did you know that today is Purple Tuesday? It is known as the UK’s official Accessible Shopping Day and...

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Is your website printer friendly?

Posted on 21 October 2021

Have you ever printedHave you ever tried to print off a page from a website?...

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This is why you need to take action now!

Posted on 14 October 2021

Accessibility Audit Enquiry I had a chat with a travel company this week. They had some concerns about how accessible...

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“Hey you! You in the wheelchair, stand up!”

Posted on 7 October 2021

I cannot imagine that anyone reading this article would ever say this to someone who is in a wheelchair....

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Blind people do not use the internet. How could they, they cannot see the screen.

Posted on 23 September 2021

It started with a conversation I was having a chat with a very nice lady last week. We had met...

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Here is one easy way to resolve your website accessibility issues!

Posted on 16 September 2021

I am delighted to announce that today is the day that Run Your Own Website Version 2 is officially...

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Website accessibility: what is it and why is it important?

Posted on 16 August 2021

It’s time to make sure your website is accessible to all demographics. Find out what that means and why...

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Click Here… Click There… Click… Where????

Posted on 22 July 2021

The answer to these questions may seem obvious Would you invite someone sitting in a wheelchair to stand? Would you...

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Your website and accessibility. All you need to know in one video!

Posted on 15 July 2021

Do you have a website? If you do and you are...