Websites have to be accessible to all, by law. ClearPeople's "web accessibility" service adapts existing websites to meet the updated Disability Discrimination Act Standards.
Thousands of businesses may already be in breach of the law. The DDA have stated that it's "the legal duty of businesses providing services to the public, whatever their size, to make 'reasonable adjustments' to remove barriers to accessibility".
ClearPeople's "web accessibility" service will ensure the one in seven people in the UK who have some form of disability, can do business online.
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) applies to all sizes of business and includes websites as well as premises. In force since October 2004, businesses could be prosecuted if they don't comply with the DDA's accessibility standards.
Penalties of a non-accessible website may include paying compensation and a court order to change the website, as well as legal costs. The case against the Sydney Olympics committee in 2000 led to payment of $20,000 damages and $millions in legal costs and web development.
ClearPeople can assess a company's web site accessibility and design and implement changes to meet the new DDA requirements, as well as bringing in extra business.
A compliant site will also be more accessible to PDAs and mobile phones and an estimated "743 million people accessing the net through these devices" (Cahners In-stat Group). ClearPeople are working to government best practices largely building on the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), who's level A accreditation "gives basic access to most groups of disabled users", and a logo to advertise the company's commitment to equality.
Good practice ideas from the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) include ensuring text is easily distinguished from background images, giving text captions as well as sound for the deaf or hard of hearing and allowing users to avoid content which could trigger photo-sensitive epilepsy.
Making a website more accessible needn't mean a completely new look for the site. "ClearPeople have a solution where there may be no need to fundamentally re-design the user interface, so a company can retain its corporate image” comments Gabriel Karawani, Technical Director of ClearPeople.
ClearPeople will be pleased to speak to businesses to arrange an overview of their websites, external and internal, and discuss improvements to meet the Disability Discrimination Act requirements.
ClearPeople is a leading provider of advanced web solutions and services. We offer three core services – Consultancy, Development and Maintenance.
Our team of professional developers and consultants are dedicated to helping businesses that want to get the best out of their online presence. We work closely with our clients to understand what the website can do for their business. Our professional and flexible approach allows us to respond to your needs, provide innovative and well-thought out solutions and deliver successful projects.
ClearPeople’s proprietary content management solution, ClearControl, provides companies of all types and sizes with the power to easily manage their website and leverage the capabilities of the Internet to grow their business. ClearPeople also provide Internet marketing solutions that maximise your website’s impact as a powerful marketing tool.
ClearPeople's value-added online tools are used by companies of differing size - in a variety of sectors including the legal profession, telecommunication, consumer goods & services and the public sector.
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