Accessible websites – what is out there?

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This study aims to outline a time-related study to identify UK websites providing information for people with learning disabilities and to evaluate the websites to determine strengths and weaknesses. Following a brief review of literature, a series of criteria were drawn up to evaluate websites for people with learning disabilities. Eighty-three identified sites were organised and allocated to categories based on function. Of these, 19 websites were deemed to have been created for people with learning disabilities to access. These were reviewed using the following criteria: how site was accessed; how navigation occurred within the site; whether literacy was required; how different compensatory strategies were incorporated including images, video and audio. The assessment criteria revealed a marked inconsistency within the websites in the areas examined. Differences in website design are discussed and suggestions of possible ways forward made to facilitate access for people with learning disabilities.

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