Find out how accessible your website is.
Web and digital accessibility is not rocket science. And you don’t have to be a Big Bang Theory type to get it done. Making digital communications accessible to people with disability is about following a series of processes so that no-one is excluded, and one of the most important components in ensuring accessibility for people of all abilities is usability testing.
Digital agencies, government utilities, and other organisations often employ automated tools and sometimes conduct manual accessibility audits to evaluate how accessible a web user experience may be, and this provides important learnings. However, just undertaking these two testing modalities can leave gaps in the true experiential journey within a website.
A recent annual survey conducted by UK public sector IT association Socitm, has revealed that around one in three UK councils and local Government authorities failed a test for accessibility based on how closely their websites complied with the WCAG 2.0 global web standard. What’s more, the ‘pass’ figure of 69% is down from 77% in 2016, albeit with a slightly more demanding scenario this year.
The Better Connected survey results released in May 2017 were focused on 195 tested websites – all of which had previously passed a level-1 ‘basics’ test in December 2016, as Media Access Australia reported earlier this year. The result this time around was that 61 of them failed the follow-up level-2 test, as they could not provide an acceptable level of site accessibility to users with disabilities, based on a specified online task.
Quite a few people have contacted Media Access Australia over recent times, asking if there was a supporting document that would aid them in providing a business case for their employer to fund studying the PCWA course – which is running again September-October 2017. The short answer is ‘YES’.
So what is the business case? Read this piece which features structured content with relevant links, that you can modify to suit and then cut & paste into an email or presentation document. It outlines the benefits and upskills from taking the PCWA course, not just for you, but the organisation for whom you work.