We have done our best to make our website as accessible and usable as possible, and we've done this by adhering sensibly and practically to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) produced by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C, the web's governing body).
For those not familiar with the WCAG, this is a set of checkpoints that help ensure that web sites are designed and written properly. For example:
- Images have alternative text (so if you can't see the image you can still read the text).
- Colour contrast between foreground and background is sufficiently strong.
- Text re-sizes according to user preference.
- Headings are correctly used (they're not just ordinary text made to look big and bold).
- Links make sense by themselves (e.g. no instances of links that just say "Click here" or "More...").
- Tables are used for laying out tabular information and have proper headings and summaries.
- Visual presentation is defined in 'stylesheets' and is not embedded in the pages.
For those familiar with the WCAG, we've aimed for AA compliance, but have not adhered to some checkpoints that are no longer relevant or have been demonstrated to hinder accessibility.
If you have any problems with the accessibility of this site or suggestions for improvement then please do not hesitate to contact us. We will always do what we can to make this site easier for everyone to use.
If you have a vision impairment then we recommend that you visit the RNIB website for specialist advice such as alternative screen readers, screen magnifiers and other devices that are available and can make using a computer easier and more enjoyable.
We also thoroughly recommend that you visit AbilityNet's excellent My Computer My Way web site which provides a wealth of advice on making your computer accessible. AbilityNet also provide a free service to individuals with disabilities to assess their computing needs (call them free on 0800 269 545 for more information).
Our associates and members include experts in accessibility, so if you require advice or assistance in improving the accessibility of your website - or other IT systems or services - please don't hesitate to contact us and we will put you in touch with them.
Accessibility definition and commitment
Business Disability Forum is committed to ensuring that all its products and services are as accessible as possible to everyone, including disabled people. Business Disability Forum strives to ensure accessibility in the following areas:
- How people approach buildings, get in, move around and leave
- How people obtain our goods, use our services and facilities
- How we communicate (internally and externally)
- For our employees
Any difficulties in access that are reported to Business Disability Forum will be dealt with quickly and the relevant need taken into consideration. Please contact us if you have any queries about Business Disability Forum's work and accessibility.