Helping to get the accessibility message through to parliamentarians
26 Apr 2012
We have been saying for some time how shocking it is that despite the laws on accessible websites, so many large public and private sector organisations fail to meet reasonable targets. Now a body that provides MP and the House of Lords with impartial advice is taking up the cudgels - metaphorically speaking.
Post, the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, has been asked for a policy briefing on ICT for disabled people. The briefing will summarise major issues in the 'digital inclusion' of disabled people.
POST‘s team was provided with our most recent central government website benchmark, which shows many government departments, including the Office for Disability Issues, with a less-than-perfect score on accessibility. They have included material from our survey in their draft briefing document.
The accessibility issue seems to have been put on the back burner by many organisations despite being backed up by law. We regularly find websites scoring zero for accessibility and most recently spotlighted one set up by the police-resourced organisation “Ask the Police” which provides advice on crime to the public. None of the pages on the site passed accessibility tests.
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