A campaign by ‘Fix the Web’ has launched aimed at improving the online experience for people with disabilities. There are an estimated six million disabled and older users in the UK but many sites continue to cause problems.

Common issues that arise when disabled users surf the web include:

• sites which are incompatible with screen readers

• text that is difficult to read

• websites that prohibit access for non-mouse users

• over-fussy and distracting layouts.

Communications minister Ed Vaizey said…

A successful digital economy can only be achieved if everyone can enjoy the same advantages that technology offers, like access to public services, online shopping and banking, interactive games and social media

According to the WWW Consortium, only 19% of websites meet the minimum standard for web access. Is your website one of those 19% or does it lack accessibility measures that would allow disabled users to successfully use the website. Good web design isn’t enough if users can’t navigate or purchase products and a market of over 6 billion is a huge market to ignore.

Simple accessibility changes can be made to your existing website to bring it inline with government recommendations and open it up to a whole new stream of users. KC web design can take a look at your site and evaluate its accessibility effectiveness so get in touch now if you’d like to know more.

More info from the BBC