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Are You Compliant with WCAG 2.1?

With 23 September 2020 looming up in the future, how are you and your organisation complying with the requirements of the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018?

If you’ve not focused on this before then a brief explanation:

The 2018 regulations build on your existing obligations to people who have a disability under the Equality Act 2010 (or the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in Northern Ireland). These say that all UK service
providers must consider ‘reasonable adjustments’ for disabled people.

For example, somebody might ask for information in an alternative, accessible format, like a large print or an audio recording.

Most public sector websites and apps do not currently meet accessibility requirements. For example, a recent study found that 4 in 10 local council homepages failed basic tests for accessibility.

Whom does the legislation apply to?

All public sector bodies have to meet the 2018 requirements unless they are exempt or can claim a partial exemption on the grounds of “disproportionate burden

Public sector bodies include:

  • Central government and local government organisations
  • Some charities and other non-government organisations

How do you ensure WCAG 2.1 compliance?

The solution is to ensure that your website or app meets the internationally agreed WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility standard, more accurately described as Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 and compliance with these guidelines at the AA standard of conformance – this latter measure ranges from A (lowest) to AAA (highest) and which are based upon an assessment of how well your website or app complies.

For newly developed websites and apps built after 23 September 2018, you should already be compliant as the deadline for this was 23 September 2019!

What about your existing websites and mobile apps?

These need to be reviewed and where necessary changes made to ensure compliance, in the case of websites before 23 September 2020 and in the case of mobile apps by 23 June 2021.

This represents a significant challenge for most IT departments calling as it does for substantial adaptation to provide such facilities as screen reading, colour choice and contrast, speech to text, audio capture and keyboard control – most of which will not have been considered when the website or app was initially developed!

What about other IT systems?

That is an excellent question!

Although the legislation does not specify what should be done about your enterprise applications like ERP, HCM, BI etc. It is clear to most observers that these will eventually have to comply as well, to enable employers to satisfy the existing legislation around equality/disability discrimination.

This is where 2Go can help! Using our innovative approach on how to mobilise even legacy applications, the 2Go system will enable you to deliver compliant capabilities to users of mobile devices without the need to develop any code!

How does 2Go do this?

Part of the “secret sauce” is our ability to work with the attributes of the client devices, whether these are Apple or Android-based e.g. using the touch screen capabilities to work with customised keyboards and/or specific gestures or using the voice recognition and playback capabilities to work with speech to text and voice data capture. Part is also our ability to drive substantial, complex applications via our server software where the accessibility enhancements can be implemented.

If you’d like to find out more about how using 2Go can help you be compliant with minimal disruption, minimal delay and very cost-effectively then book a call with one of our advisors today. Contact Us

WCAG 2.1

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David Monks

Responsible for the day-to-day operations at iNovar for everything other than product development. David has more than 40 years of experience in the IT industry, founding multiple companies over the years. David's current focus is to scale 2Go through partnerships with System Integrators and Consultants.

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