At Health with Pride, we believe that the World Wide Web is for everyone: all ages, all abilities and differing needs. Accessible web site design and development, therefore, means designing and developing for diversity. We believe that web accessibility is about ensuring information can reach all your potential audience, irrespective of disability or the wide variety of ways and technology used to access the World Wide Web. We strive to obey the spirit of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 with respect to the provision of services online, as required by the Disability Rights Commission (DRC).
We are committed to designing and developing web sites for disabled people. However not all disabilities affect the way people access the Internet. We consider accessibility issues from the perspectives of users with the following impairments: Visual Impairment, Hearing Impairment, Motor Impairment, Cognitive Impairment.
We acknowledge however that this categorisation is somewhat arbitrary, since impairments can take a variety of forms and may exist together in combination. We approach accessibility from an inclusive perspective & do not believe in offering ‘alternative content’ to users with disabilities.
We measure our adherence to DDA by developing with the most commonly acknowledged development techniques & standards such as 'XHTML 1.0 Strict' & 'CSS 2'. Our site is built with access keys, semantic structure across all content & consideration to layout & colours within the design, as standard. Any other technologies used in our site builds are not detrimental to site accessibility. We use the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines' version 2 (WCAG2) to measure the success of our accessibility & have a set of bespoke documents which help us to test these guidelines. We aim to reach a minimum Level A conformance & in the vast majority of cases meet as many AA & AAA check points as possible.