Is your website DDA compliant?

If your website is excluding people, it may fall foul of new legislation and leave you liable to be sued. The government outlined what websites need to do in the Disability Discrimination Act and further clarified this in the Equality Act 2010.

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and Equality Act 2010 (EQA) aims to ensure disabled people are afforded the same access to websites as able-bodied people and cannot be discriminated against on grounds of their disability. This means everything on your website should also be accessible to disabled people, however, the act does have regards to financial constraints of smaller businesses saying they only have to make ‘reasonable steps’ to make their website accessible.

What steps should I take?

It must be possible to navigate your website without the use of sound. This is easy to check: simply mute your computer and ask a friend to attempt to do certain tasks on your website.

You should be able to resize text on your website so it is easily readable for the partially sighted.  

Any images used on your website that have an informational purpose (rather than being purely decorative) must include an alternative description. You should not include a description of decorative pictures.

You must be able to navigate your website without a mouse. This means that tab, alt tab and return should be able to get you to all ends of your website.

Make sure that you test

The best way to ensure your website is accessible for all is to have disabled people test your website. This can be done free of charge by several companies such as the Royal Institute of Blind People.

If you need help making your website DDA/EQA compliant email us at hello@volute.co.uk or give us a ring on 0115 914 5839.

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