Accessibility (Alt-0).  Web Design, Sheffield.

DDA Overview - Website Accessibility.

In 1999, under Part III of the DDA , it became a legal requirement for Websites that provide a service to the public to be accessible to disabled users (small employer exemption removed in 2004).

In 2004 - The DRC publish results of a survey of Website compliance.
The results found in the survey - less than 20% having even basic compliance - prompted DRC commissioner, Michael Burton to state,

"This is a compliance issue... we are serving notice that the Disability Rights Commission will use all its powers to secure compliance on this very important matter. "

On the Disability Rights Commission Website you can download a copy of the DRC report and see a Webcast of the press conference of the release of this study.

A brief Timeline.

  • 1995 - The Disability Discrimination Act was passed.
    - the Act makes it unlawful for service providers to discriminate.
  • 1999 - part III of the Disability Discrimination Act came into force.
    - a service provider must take reasonable steps to change a practice which makes it unreasonably difficult for the disabled to access those services.
  • 2002 - Website Accessibility Code of Practice is published.
    - the Guidelines clarify the position regarding Websites.
  • 2004 - small employer exemption removed.


The Act doesn't ask Website owners for perfection, just REASONABLE steps to be taken.
SMEs cannot be expected to afford the high cost of conducting disabled-user tests.
That is why we design Websites to the WAI guidelines and established Usability rules (taking account of results of tests conducted by others).

So, by purchasing a BigEasy Website you can be confident that you have taken reasonable steps to comply with the Act.