Web Accessibility Auditing for WCAG 2.1 compliance: An accessibility audit checks that your website is accessible to disabled people (a legal requirement outlined in the Equality Act 2010). Our website auditors are the most experienced and skilled in the UK; I will check your site against the WCAG 2.1 guidelines and check that your site is compliant with the BS8878 Web Accessibility Code of Practice. My audits go way beyond tick box checks; they check that your site is accessible and will be usable to the real people who visit your site. I can also help public sector organisations to write their website accessibility statement.
‘Jim provided us with a comprehensive review of 4 of our key websites to ensure that they meet the guidelines regards accessibility. From initial meetings he set out the process that he and his team would follow to audit the sites, any information he required before starting and examples of the format in which we would receive the report and feedback. We were given drafts of each report before finalising the outcome of the audits and it was made clear where we needed to make improvements. Excellent communication throughout and a pleasure to work with.’
Graeme Clifton Coles – Business Support Manager | Sustrans Scotland
Jim provided us with a comprehensive audit of one of the websites we manage allowing us to iron out all the accessibility issues that existed. The informal report was clear, complete and was obviously the result of a meticulous survey of the website provided within days of requesting it.
Matt Barber, Toco Digital
Regulations came into force in 2018 that require all public sector websites to publish an accessibility statement. It is a legal requirement. Your accessibility statement explains how accessible your website is and any accessibility problems you are aware of. It must include details of your plan to fix those issues. Accessibility statements – does your charity need to have one on your website?
Websites developed after September 2018 must be accessible. Those developed before that date must be made accessible when they are updated.
Public sector bodies are defined as:
The following organisations are exempt or partially exempt from the regulations
Partially exempt organisatisn include, “primary and secondary schools or nurseries – except for the content people need in order to use their services, for example, a form that lets you outline school meal preferences”
However, partially exempt organisations still need to publish an accessibility statement.
You may not need to comply even if you are not exempt because it would be a ‘disproportionate burden’. I.e., if your organisation is too small and does not have the resources to carry out the work.
If you declare that making your website accessible would be a disproportionate burden, you are legally required to carry out an assessment. For example, an accessibility audit to test your website against the WCAG 2 checkpoints.
“We are confident that implementing Jim’s recommendations will greatly improve the accessibility of our site. The report was, as far as possible, free from technical jargon…. This evaluation has been extremely useful.” Brigitte Cosford – Health Rights Information Scotland