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.
One of the difficulties with the Government Guidelines is that it is possible for a website to pass the Guidelines and still fail to meet the needs of disabled people. Like anything in life, if you do not have a thorough knowledge of the subject, you are at risk of making unintentional mistakes and unfortunately, ignorance is not an excuse!
Our Website Accessibility Consultancy Service
Although, in an ideal world, simply replacing your website with one that meets the needs of everyone, there are many reasons why this simply is just not possible, sometimes due to cost, development time or any number of other reasons. Keeping your existing website, especially if it is fairly recently built, is therefore of high importance. Just as importantly, you want to ensure it is as accessible as possible for disabled people.
Therefore, having a Website Accessibility Audit and an accompanying Website Accessibility Statement is vital, regardless of whether you are in the public or private sector. Making all visitors aware of any issues they may have with using your website upfront is a very positive step. It allows you to immediately reach out and offer alternatives that may be very inexpensive but they make a world of difference to your visitors!
Our fees are incredibly straightforward, please contact us for further details about our Website 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 have a new website dedicated solely to Website Accessibility Audits
The subject of website accessibility audits is so significant and so large that we have realised that it requires a completely separate website. To that end, we recently launched Access by Audit, a brand in itself that is focused purely on website accessibility audits, explaining it in much greater detail. We would invite to you follow this link to the new website.
The full URL is: https://websiteaccessibilityaudit.co.uk/
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 whether 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 25% of any accessibility issues but the remaining 75% 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.
Not every disability is the same!
We now work with 2 or 3 people with different disabilities with our audits. To give you an insight into why this is so important, have a look at these examples of some of the challenges our testers have to face every day:
Mede is completely blind and always has been. She uses a screen-reader and a standard keyboard for navigation.
Iona only has the use of one hand and even using that is difficult, so she prefers to avoid using both a keyboard and a mouse, relying on using dictation software instead. She can see the screen perfectly well.
Sara has ADHD and dyspraxia and finds pop-up windows or too many images extremely distracting. She also prefers using a high contrast option, if it is available. Although she can use both a keyboard and a mouse, she often has to copy and paste the text from a web page and paste it into an application such as Microsoft Word, just so she can read it without distractions.
This shows how important it is to have more than one disabled person test out your website!
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: