UK & IRELAND WEB COMPLIANCE

IF YOU HAVE ANY PRESENCE ONLINE, AND LIVE IN THE UK/IRELAND THEN PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION CAREFULLY Here at Auxilium Media, we believe in online access for all. It’s so important that your website is accessible across all mediums, for all people, of all abilities. We are passionate about people and ensuring that your business, website or service is easily accessed by everyone on the internet. It is estimated that people with disabilities spend an average of 16 billion pounds online every year. They have a huge spending power and it is vital that we provide them the same user experience as their able bodied friends. If you are a business, or own a website within the UK or Ireland, it is not only highly recommended that you ensure your site is accessible, but accessibility is a requirement by law.

THE LAW IN THE UK

WE DONT WANT TO OVERLOAD YOU WITH LEGAL JARGON, BUT YOU MUST KNOW THIS

There were 2 main Laws in the UK,

Disability Discrimination Act 1995

Equality Act 2006, Part 2

An excerpt from the Equality Act 2006 “

“The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 was the previous legislation that ensured accessibility. While the DDA did not mention the internet specifically, it did include “access to and use of information services” amongst the examples of services which had to be accessible to people with disabilities.”

THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY

The Equality Act 2010 (EQA)

“The Equality Act of 2010 provides legal protection for people against discrimination in the workplace and wider society. It prohibits businesses from excluding anyone from using their services because of a disability.”

The EQA made sure to cement that websites are indeed included in the types of businesses that need to comply with this new UK web accessibility law.

 

 

"Your Solution is to let us handle this for you. We will make your Website Accessible, and leave you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing your Business is operating within the law. You will also be making your Business more inclusive, by not discriminating against potential Clients/Customers with a Disability"

Nigel @Auxilium Media ( NI )

                                            The Law is very clear, you must provide access to your Website to EVERYONE who wants to visit it.

Section 29 ( THE EQUALITY ACT 2010 ) “A person (a “service-provider”) concerned with the provision of a service to the public or a section of the public (for payment or not) must not discriminate against a person requiring the service by not providing the person with the service. “ “Websites provide access to services and goods, and may in themselves constitute a service, for example, where they are delivering information or entertainment to the public. The duty to make reasonable adjustments requires service providers to take positive steps to ensure that disabled people can access services. This goes beyond simply avoiding discrimination. It requires service providers to anticipate the needs of potential disabled customers for reasonable adjustments.”

( THE EQUALITY ACT 2010 )