Disabilty Act 1995
The DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) provides protection for disabled people against discrimination by service providers. A service can be a website on the internet, which means they have to adhere to this law, and therefore websites must be made accessible to all users. Many organisations are simply ignoring the accessiblity issue, claiming that there is no need as diabled people dont even access the site. Though some forward thinking and considerate organisations are making the neccesary changes to make their sites accessible for all. So what are the reasons for hanging your site tomake it more accessible:-
Disibility Act 1995 has now made it law for websites in the UK to be accessible.
- It makes business sense, 10 million people in the UK have a disability with the combined spending power of £80 billion.
- Search engines love accessible websites - increasing your search engine ranking, therefore again better for business.
- Different browsers and devices for accessing the internet are being increasingly used by users. Accessibility ensures the website experience is the same for all and protects your brand integrity, once again makes commercial sense.
Accessibilty is a very important aspect of website design that seems to be ignored, but for how long, maybe until prosecutions start arriving for websites that are not accessible will designers start to change their ways. I can do an accessiblity audit for your website to test if it makes the grade in line with the Disability Act.