One third of councils fail web accessibility test in the UK

In news sure to be of interest to councils in Australia, an annual UK-wide survey of every local council website in Britain revealed that one third of local government sites failed first-stage testing to find out how accessible their websites are for users with disabilities.

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Fail stamp

Overseen by the Society of IT Management, the Better Connected usability test examines and evaluates local authority websites on a range of factors, with site accessibility for users with impairments, a high priority. This includes assessing how users with low vision, sight loss, mobility impairments, colour blindness, or dyslexia, along with others using assistive technology or keyboard navigation, can access council websites.

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Uni-accredited web access course now enrolling

Learn web access and change the digital world! Australia’s only university-accredited online access course aims to increase inclusion and participation on the web, and is now enrolling for a 27 February intake. The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility (PCWA) is studied part-time online for six weeks, and graduates receive an internationally-recognised qualification.

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Listen to a recent interview where Senior PCWA Course Lecturer and global accessibility expert, Dr Scott Hollier, talks with Media Access Australia’s Philip Jenkinson about what the PCWA course covers, along with the benefits of studying it.

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Inaccessible websites force many to ‘Click away’

Recent British research shows that UK businesses are losing out on huge sums of money – potentially totalling billions of dollars – by failing to make their websites accessible to users with access needs… and the same is bound to be true in Australia.

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Dollar sign inside a red slashed circle

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