What is website accessibility and why is it important?

When you think of the word accessibility in terms of a website, you might think of access and letting certain people through an area on a website by the means of password protection. In fact, website accessibility means to have elements on your website that are viewable and available to everyone who is looking at it. Making websites available to everyone may include, but is not limited to, those who may have poor eyesight, those who are colour blind or even those who might be totally blind. However, there is a lot more to website accessibility. In order to have any website able to be read by everyone, there needs to be certain standards and criteria in place for all websites to meet. This is the reason for this legislation coming into place but do not worry, we are here to help you and support you with this. 

Testing of your website

To ensure WCAG 2.1 compliance, testing needs to be carried out.  We can help you to test your website and make any necessary changes that might be needed.

Accessibility statement 

We will need to implement a new accessibly statement on your website which is a legal requirement to reflect the changes of this government legislation.  For websites that went live after 23 September 2018, this needs to happen by 23 September 2019. We at Schools ICT will be able to guide you step by step through the testing process and the work that might be necessary in order to update your existing accessibility statement.