The DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) states that service providers must not discriminate against disabled people. A website is regarded as a service and therefore falls under this law, and as such must be made accessible to everyone.
Some organisations are making accessibility improvements to their websites, but many are seemingly not making accessibility adjustments. Disabled people don't access their website, they say, so why should they care?
Why you should care about disabled Internet users
The statistics on number of users who may face difficulties due to your website's accessibility are quite startling:
* There are 8.6 million registered disabled people in UK - 14% of population (source: DRC)
* One in 12 men and one in 200 women have some form of colour blindness - 9% of UK population (source: Institution of Electrical Engineers)
* Two million UK residents have a sight problem - 4% of population (source: RNIB)
* There are 12 million people aged 60 or over - 21% of UK population (source: UK government)
Although there is inevitably some overlap between aforementioned groups, adding up these numbers provides a total of 48% of UK population that could potentially face problems with your website's accessibility. That's an extraordinarily high number.
It's not just disabled users who can't access your website
Non-disabled people may also experience difficulties with your website's accessibility. Not everyone is viewing your website on latest version of Internet Explorer, with all plug-ins and programs that you may require them to have for optimal access.