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There are basic steps needed to ensure your website is fully accessible. Test out the following and see what you have available on your website. If you have none then talk to your web designer about improving your site – this is a good start. Can you: Navigate your whole site without using your mouse e.g tab across? How far does it get you? Navigate your site without using a mouse using standard access shortcuts e.g. b for about, 1 for Home... 
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How to navigate Birmingham City Council's website – go to the BBC

Birmingham City Council (BCC) spends a massive £2.8m on a website and they can’t even basic requirements around Accessibility right. They even send us off to the BBC to find out how to navigate their own site. Yet one of the aims of their Disability Equality Duty (2007-2010) is to: ‘mainstream disability equality within the City Council’s service areas’ Launched at the beginning of the week my response as one of the ‘Twitterati’... 
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Birmingham City Council launches new £3M inaccessible website

Today I witnessed Birmingham City Council change it’s tune from singing it was fully compliant with the W3C guidelines ‘We are pleased to announce that this web site meets with W3C WAI-AA and WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards.’ to quietly saying it ‘aims to meet’ them [changed at 09.30]. This retraction less than 10 hours after going live on a website costing over £2.4 million+ and we believe a direct result of our responses... 
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