By PAUL QUIGLEY
ECM Plus +++ The digital world can be as difficult to navigate as the built environment for disabled people. The Equality Act 2010 means organisations are now legally obliged to ensure that all their IT channels and applications are accessible to disabled people – both internally and externally – who may use a variety of access devices and equipment. Failure to comply is also a criminal offence under the terms of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (as amended).
A new accessible website makes good business sense too by opening up new and profitable markets. Enhanced visibility and usability mean increased on-line traffic and sales, as well as reduced maintenance costs.
Accessibility also gives a brand competitive edge both commercially and ethically – corporate social responsibility in action.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission, AbilityNet and the British Computer Society, as well as the Chartered Institute for IT are launching a new Web Accessibility Essentials e-learning course, the only course of its kind in Britain, according to the partners. The 80 minute, on-line course equips individuals and businesses in accessibility best practice with a fundamental understanding of digital inclusion.
Completing the Web Accessibility Essentials e-learning course provides guidance on best practice across all areas of digital content creation, and supplies simple techniques for solving problems wherever users encounter them.
The courseware can be ordered at 0330 123 9194 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ECM Plus endorses the course as a W3C compliant media organisation, and can provide ‘stress test’ services to organisations after they have completed the above course. Contact us at email@example.com for more details.