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Website Accessibility Audits

“Build a website for the minority and it will work for the majority”

Under the Equality Act 2010 in the UK, or Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) in Northern Ireland, it is a legal requirement that your website is fully accessible to all customers.

Having an accessible website has many potential benefits, including:

  • Increasing your reach to customers with visual impairments and/or other disabilities
  • Scope to increase profitability by acquiring new customer groups as above
  • Promoting you as an inclusive business that cares about your customers
  • A clear demonstration of Corporate Social Responsibility and associated PR opportunities

When websites are correctly developed and designed, all users have equal access to functionality and information.  When you remove barriers that prevent interaction or access by people with disabilities you are opening a world of interaction.

Creating an accessible website for your business is an investment and we’ll work with you at all stages from creation to launch, and from review to adjustments.

By building an inclusive website the benefits spread much wider than you might think.  Focusing on an accessible website would not only be a solution for one person, the benefits you are offering will be to a much broader group of people including their families and friends.

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Web Accessibility Auditing

We can provide desktop web, mobile and app accessibility audits which highlight failures and provide best practice advice. These can be provided remotely or we can visit and perform an on-site review.

The audit will also show how issues can impact on website users with disabilities and suggestions on how to improve accessibility.

You may wish to consider these questions:

  • How can a person who is registered blind access images on your website if they are not labelled?
  • How does a deaf person access video/audio content on your website?
  • How does a person know to ‘click here’ if they don’t use a mouse?
  • How does someone change the colour contrast to enhance readability?
  • How can an application form be completed if your form fields are not labelled?
  • Does your website ‘flash’ with advertisements which could result in loss of revenue with people with epilepsy and mental health conditions?

Web Accessibility Audit

An accessibility audit is an evaluation of how well your product supports the needs of web users with disabilities, carried out by our expert accessibility consultants and people with disabilities.

An accessibility audit and evaluation:

  • Provides in-depth page-by-page analysis of a representative sample pages in your website or application
  • Lists best practices and outlines specific areas needing attention
  • Identifies violations to W3C WCAG 2.0 guidelines
  • Details specific recommendations with code examples for how to make your product accessible
  • Prioritises the areas needing correction, estimates development effort and charts a course to compliance
  • Summarises the level of compliance with WCAG 2.0

How do we conduct a web accessibility audit?

Interactive Accessibility uses proven accessibility assessment techniques and automated tools to streamline the evaluation process against WCAG 2.0. Since automated tools only detect about 25% of web accessibility errors, they augment our manual inspection. The testing process includes the following steps:

  1. First, our ​accessibility experts perform a number of checks to get a good grasp of the level of accessibility. If you have a large site, we recommend starting with an accessibility risk review to help identify and prioritise the areas of the site that should be reviewed.
  2. Working with you, we will determine a representative sample set of pages covering site templates and different types of content and features for review.
  3. We then validate compliance through several human checks, testing with the tools that people with visual impairment and other disabilities use such as JAWS, ZoomText, and Dragon Naturally Speaking, reviewing color contrast, checking keyboard access, evaluating the underlying code, etc.

When should you request a web accessibility audit?

This audit can be performed at any point during your project, including early planning, design, development or testing. We understand that development schedules are often predetermined so we collaborate with you to realistically plan the project. Based on this information, we help you develop an accessibility strategy that works within your existing structure.

The worldwide web has come a long way, it has vastly changed the lives and independence of people with visual impairments and other disabilities by allowing them the autonomy to access all kinds of goods and services. In an ever-changing world, your website needs to be accessible to all, reducing barriers and allowing people with disabilities to access goods and services just like everyone else.

Contact Us

You can find out more about our website accessibility audit service, by emailing us at info@visualisetrainingandconsultancy.co.uk or by calling 07472305268