Web Design Accessibility

Web Design Accessibility

Accessible websites are websites that people with disabilities can use. More specifically, Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, interact, and contribute to the Web. Web accessibility also benefits others, including older people with changing abilities due to aging, such as their sight.

Web accessibility acknowledges all disabilities that affect access to the Web, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities.

Web accessibility also benefits people without disabilities. "Tooltips" are used for images and links, which provide descriptions for those who cannot view the image, and also lets users know what images are about and provides more information on pages linked too before they click.

The Web is an increasingly important resource in many aspects of life: education, employment, commerce, business, government, recreation, and much more. Accessible websites are essential in order to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with disabilities. An accessible Web can also help people with disabilities more actively participate in society, and get the information they need.

The Web offers the possibility of access to information and interaction for many people with disabilities, that accessibility barriers to print, audio, and visual media prevent. These issues can be much more easily overcome through web technologies and accessible web site deisgn.

Another important consideration for business and organisations is that Web accessibility is required by laws and policies in the UK and in other areas of the world. Please use the following links for more information on relevant laws, and how they may impact you.


Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Parts III and IV)

Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001

Directgov Goverment Information on Disabilities

eAccessiblity Guidelines and Info from the Cabinet Office

Disability Rights Commision

Teachernet Accessibility for Education


Web Accessibility Policy of the European Union

EU - Accessibility of Public Websites and their Content

European Union eAccessibility

European Union eContentplus Programme


What can we do for you?

Designing Web Sites to be Accessible

Blue Fusion Web aims to design intuitive and accessible websites for your target audience. Using a variety of techniques to help make the Web accessible to people with disabilities.

Our web designers and developers aim to work to W3C accessibility guidelines wherever possible, without compromising on the design and clients requirements.

We run developed sites through a series of checks to ensure that the code is valid to W3C specifications, has a high level of accessibility balanced with the page design, and is of the highest quality.

We can also develop websites with additional high contrasting styles, where the design required is otherwise not entirely suitable for the sight impaired. The reader is able to switch to the "highly readable" version with a click of a button. And if required can also change the size of the web page's text using the same disability menu, which we would usually situate right at the top of the page.

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    Jo Adams - Town Clerk, Upton-upon-Severn Town Council

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