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What will a website accessibility audit give me?  

on July 19, 2023 at 7:52am |Updated on July 19, 2023 at 7:55am A lit lightbulb, floating in the air. 4 unlit lightbulbs lie on the floor below it

Understanding why

A website accessibility audit will provide you with valuable insights into the accessibility of your website for users with disabilities. Here are some of the key benefits and outcomes you can expect from a website accessibility audit:

1. Identification of accessibility barriers

The audit will help you identify specific accessibility barriers and issues that may prevent people with disabilities from accessing and using your website effectively. These barriers can include problems with navigation, keyboard accessibility, color contrast, alternative text for images, form fields, and more.

2. Compliance with accessibility standards

The audit will assess your website against recognized accessibility standards such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). It will determine whether your website meets the required accessibility criteria, such as WCAG 2.1 Level A, AA, or AAA. Achieving compliance ensures that your website is accessible to a wider audience and can help you meet legal requirements and industry standards.

3. Improved user experience

An accessibility audit can provide valuable recommendations and best practices to enhance the overall user experience for all visitors, including those with disabilities. By addressing accessibility barriers, you can improve website usability, navigation, readability, and overall user satisfaction.

4. Expanded audience reach

Making your website more accessible allows you to reach a broader audience, including people with disabilities who may have been excluded previously. This can lead to increased traffic, engagement, and potential customers or users.

5. Legal compliance and risk mitigation

Depending on your location and the nature of your business, there may be legal requirements regarding website accessibility. Conducting an accessibility audit helps you identify and address any compliance gaps, reducing the risk of legal action or discrimination claims.

6. Positive brand image

Demonstrating a commitment to accessibility can enhance your brand reputation and demonstrate inclusivity and social responsibility. It shows that your organization values diversity and is committed to providing equal access to information and services for all users.

7. Guidance for improvement

The audit report typically includes actionable recommendations and guidelines for addressing the identified accessibility issues. These recommendations may cover technical aspects, content adjustments, and design considerations to improve accessibility. This guidance will help you prioritize and implement the necessary changes effectively.

Overall, a website accessibility audit is a comprehensive evaluation that provides insights into the accessibility of your website, highlights areas for improvement, and guides you towards creating a more inclusive online experience for all users.

Would you like to find out more?

If you would like to find out more about website accessibility, please follow these links:

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Clive Loseby
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