Website Accessibility Audit
At Access by Design, we have been designing and building accessible websites since 2006. We have understood the need for having an accessible website from the outset. In recent years, Google began taking Website Accessibility seriously and has used it as a strong factor when determining where a website should be ranked in its listings.
Since 2018, following the issuing of UK Government guidance on Website Accessibility compliance, there has been the need for websites within the public sector to have an audit of the level of accessibility of their current website. This would also involve the creation of an accompanying Accessibility Statement, outlining any accessibility issues with the site and a statement of aims and objectives with regard to resolving these issues.
As we described in a recent blog, this has led to a spate of so-called "expert" web design companies, offering to provide both an Accessibility Audit and an Accessibility Statement. The fees quoted for this are usually in the region of £2,500, although we did hear of one recently who quoted £7,500 for an Accessibility Audit and an Accessibility Statement for a straightforward WordPress website, that is in the public health sector.
The difficulty we have with fees like this is that we do not believe that the quality of work provided does not by any stretch of the imagination justify them. These fees also just cover the assessment of the issues and do not include the cost of remedying them.
A better alternative
As we outlined in the previously-mentioned blog, it can far be more cost-effective to simply replace an old website with one that has no coding or accessibility errors and actually achieves the highest standards of Accessibility compliance, such as with our own products. This includes both our Bespoke websites and our lower-cost websites built with our flagship product, Run Your Own Website. All of our websites come with their own Accessibility Statement for no additional cost.
Our Accessibility Consultancy Service
We appreciate, however, there may be reasons why you wish to maintain your existing website and we are keen to help you achieve the highest level of accessibility possible or, at the very least, have an Accessibility Audit and accompanying Accessibility Statement. Our fees are incredibly straightforward. We currently charge £160 per hour for our Accessibility Consultancy Service. Whether you want a straightforward audit of your website and provision of an accessibility statement, or you would like us to work with your website development team to help them ensure your website meets the highest standards possible, we will work with you in an honest and constructive manner.
We actually use disabled people as part of our audits!
We work with disabled people when we audit a website. It may sound astonishing to hear but it would appear that the plethora of "accessibility consultants" found on the internet believe that they can perform a comprehensive audit of a website without involving disabled people in the process! Time and time again, we are contacted by organisations for an audit and one of their main reasons for choosing us is because we work with disabled people
Without getting too technical, there are tools available that will go some way to quickly assess where a website is accessible or not. These tools are merely a starting point if you are going to assess a website correctly. These tools may pick up 20% of any accessibility issues but the remaining 80% can only be picked up by manually checking by someone with a high level of expertise.
Even with our 15 years of experience in designing and building accessible websites, we are always striving to learn new techniques and that only comes from working with disabled people and finding out how they actually use websites and the difficulties they find.
Why not book yourself in for a free initial chat?
If you would like to talk to us about this further, please call us on 01243 776399 or book yourself in for a free 15-minute initial consultation by following this link: