How accessible is your local authority website?
By Jennifer Fuller | 01/03/2017
In January, the accessibility of 416 websites was evaluated by a society for IT practitioners in the public sector. An astonishing one-third of those councils did not pass the first round. The evaluation checked the degrees of access available to people with a variety of disabilities. According to the report, this category includes 15% of the UK population; including those with low-vision, colour-blindness, dyslexia, and people who access sites by using assistive technologies. View the full report.
What is accessibility and why is it important?
Accessibility ensures people with disabilities, whether they are cognitive, physical, visual or auditory can interact, navigate and contribute to the Web. A more accessible website not only supports the basic needs of everyone when accessing digital content but also provides equal opportunity, access and personal development for those with disabilities. Accessibility also makes the web more inclusive for people with temporary or progressive conditions, for example changes in ability or access needs related to aging or debilitating injuries. Continue reading our accessibility blog.
Accessibility services from Sigma and Molly Watt
Sigma are committed to working with organisations that understand the value and importance of catering for users with accessibility challenges. We have developed a range of services aimed at improving accessibility and digital inclusion, in partnership with Molly Watt, founder of the Molly Watt Trust.
Accessibility audit of your site or application
Sigma will conduct an accessibility audit of your website or any other digital product, focusing on core user journeys and highlighting areas for concern. We will give you an action-oriented report highlighting key recommendations for improvement. This is a low-cost, high-impact way of understanding how accessible your site or app is now, and how you can fix it.
Accessibility awareness workshop
Sigma and Molly Watt can deliver a workshop aimed at increasing awareness and introducing your team to the principles and benefits of inclusive design and accessibility. In this workshop, we would allow you to see firsthand how users with disabilities view and use your website in comparison to others. In this session, the knowledge gathering and experience will help you to identify areas for improvement, allowing you to offer a better service to your users, with the aim of reducing the time spent on customer services.
The workshop's objectives are to:
- Increase your awareness of how important it is for people with a variety of disabilities to be able to routinely use websites or applications that are designed in terms of their needs
- Experience using your website or application accompanied by people with disabilities
- Knowledge transfer and awareness of the contribution you can make to developing a more accessible service
Inclusive usability review
We can conduct user experience testing of your website or application with a panel of users with a variety of disabilities. This will deliver a rich, comprehensive assessment of the accessibility of your products, with accompanying video evidence of the issues found by users, and a detailed plan for how to address those issues.