Scotland Addresses Website Accessibility

Texthelp Systems and Jim Byrne, Accessible Web Design are hosting a joint Accessibility event on Wednesday 6th August in the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel, Glasgow.

Why is website accessibility important?

Firstly, because it is a legal requirement for organisation's websites and intranets to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). Perhaps more importantly, it makes good business sense to ensure that customers have access to goods and services online. It is estimated that 1 in 4 people have problems with reading and writing on a basic level and at least 8% of the UK population have some form of dyslexia.

The speakers at the event will give first hand accounts of their experiences in ensuring websites and Intranets are fully accessible. Presenters include Nigel Cunningham from Texthelp Systems, creators of the market leading Browsealoud text-to-speech programme, as well as experts in e-learning and web accessibility from User Vision, University of Strathclyde, Digital Media Access Group, and independent website designers such as Jim Byrne and Alan White.

An exploration into Website Accessibility will be covered by all the guest speakers:
- Alan White, Freelance Web Developer;
- David Sloan, Digital Media Access Group;
- Nigel Cunningham, Texthelp (Browsealoud);
- Mark Palmer, User Vision;
- Colin Hamilton, University of Strathclyde;
- Jim Byrne, Accessible Web Design.

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