Northgate Public Services has been awarded the Shaw Trust Web Accessibility accreditation for its work on the Blue Badge site which allows people with disabilities to apply for parking permits online (https://bluebadge.direct.gov.uk/directgovapply.html). The award means that the site is considered to be providing the highest level of access to disabled users.
Disability employment charity Shaw Trust runs the Web Accessibility social enterprise – one of the UK’s leading digital inclusion services. The team provides accessibility services to local authorities and leading businesses. It is the only web accessibility accreditation organisation to employ its own testing teams – all of whom are disabled people – on a full time basis.
The accreditation process makes sure websites comply with equality legislation by being accessible for users who have different needs in accessing, navigating or reading information online.
As part of the development process Northgate Public Services worked with Shaw Trust’s consultants to implement the necessary features and tools to ensure that full accessibility would be possible. Working collaboratively to fix any issues the website has now been awarded the highest level of accreditation – AAA.
Jo Whitehead, Director of Business Development at Shaw Trust said: “Disabled people won’t return to a website that they can’t access, meaning that the success of schemes such as Blue Badge online could be jeopardised. Northgate Public Services has passed our test with flying colours, meaning disabled people can be confident about accessing information and applying through this website.”
Sue Holloway, Northgate Public Services, commented, “By the very nature of the Blue Badge scheme it was important that any online portal that we developed would be accessible to a disabled audience. This accreditation from Shaw Trust is very gratifying and we look forward to working with them on projects in the future.”