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We Are Trying To Enable Everyone To Use This Website

Written by on August 25, 2021

We have been tweaking this website; we are trying to let everyone use this website – no matter what their ability or what their impairment is. So, we teamed up with Andrew Backhouse Design to make the website as accessible as possible.

We have hosts on the station who have problems when using conventional websites – be that small text or because of Dyslexia or Dyscalculia. So, we were motivated to make the site as accessible as possible for everyone.

Accessibility is incredibly important, yet often overlooked in traditional digital design and development education. Because of this, we strive to be an example of how to to include everyone; we are by the community, for the community. And some of the community need a hand.

One in four people have a disability. For many, technology built with accessibility in mind makes things easier. For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible.

Websites and apps can be made to work in such a way that it can be understood by assistive technology such as screen readers, refreshable braille displays, and screen magnifiers. Many disabled people rely on such devices to do things like order food, pay taxes, apply to jobs, and talk with their friends and family.

Additionally, websites and web apps can be designed to be understood by the widest possible audience. This includes accommodating things like colourblindness, Dyslexia and Dyscalculia, seizure and migraine triggers, as well as reading comprehension level and cognitive load.

So, Andrew Backhouse Design installed a widget on this website that helps give options to help you. Do you see the little man half-way down the right-hand side of the screen on your Desktop (top-right for Mobile)? Give him a click and you will be presented with a heap of accessibility options. This is so everyone can access the site.

So, where do we stand on Accessibility for this website – we still have a long way to go; there are people in Harrogate who are still not online and able to use a computer. We hope to help those who have had set backs use this site. And, the widget floating half-way down the right-hand side of your screen could go part of the way to helping with that. If there is anything else you think we can do to help then please let use know.

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