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