A Definitive Guide On How To Perform A Web Accessibility Audit

The first step towards meeting the accessibility requirements involves evaluating how accessible your website, mobile App, documents etc. are. This requires checking whether or not it meets the international WCAG 2.1 AA guidelines. Checking this in detail requires a large amount of technical expertise and is best left to either:

  • An accessibility expert within your organization, or
  • A third-party accessibility auditor

Some organizations will not have the expertise to do a detailed check themselves. Paying a third party would place a ‘disproportionate burden’ on them. This means a burden or cost that is too much for the organization to reasonably bear. If this applies to your organization, you’ll have to do a basic check instead. This guide will help you to do that basic check.

These checks outlined in this guidance are probably best done by the person in your organization with the best knowledge of websites. This will usually be the person responsible for updating the website (like a web officer). If there’s no one in your organization with this knowledge, it’s fine to ask a volunteer to do the checks – for example, if someone you know works with websites and can spare the time.

Before you start, check whether it’s reasonable for [...]

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