Scottish Charities and Non-Profit Organizations

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3.1 Research into Charity Office of Scottish charity regulator (2011) the majority of Charity and Non-profit Organisations websites provide information and services to disabled people. The research into Charity and Non Profit organisations is to investigate how the guidelines for accessibility of website design from the W3c and the British Standards BS8878 are followed. The websites that have been built by web developers where sent a seven question questionnaire to discover what standards the web developers followed, their identity was gathered from the websites they developed. Websites are used by people with all abilities; a visit to the Royal National Institute for the blind (RNIB) gives an insight into people with visual impairments. An application was granted to visit the Cherry Road outreach centre; the centre is attended by disabled people, mainly learning difficulties also for people with acute visual impairments. It gave the opportunity to study how disabled people used the World Wide Web. 3.2 Guidelines and laws W3c (2011) Guidelines for users with diverse needs advise the barriers faced disabled people. The barriers that stop disabled users using the World Wide Web are avoidable. W3c (2011) content that conforms at the highest level (AAA) will not be accessible to individuals with all types, degrees, or combinations of disability, particularly in the cognitive language and learning areas. The BS8878 imply that the owners of websites have legal duties under The Equalities Act 2010. The Equality Act (2010) states “that it will be indirect discrimination for a service provider to apply a provision, criterion or practice which is discriminatory in relation to a person’s disability”. Offices for National Statis... ... middle of paper ... ...sibility issues need clarification on non-native websites. Shah (2010) Argues jurisdiction of the internet is extremely confusing as the laws of different countries look at the World Wide Web and apply their own laws; these laws differ from country to country. Shah (2010) argues; “the laws of some countries are being enforced in other countries and these laws are being tested through the courts for passive, active and interactive websites”. Charity and Non-Profit organisations could find laws being applied from another country. Rawls (2005) philosophies’ “nature does not produce a state of equality, in the same way no two people possess the same mental or physical attributes”. Until there is a way to apply legislation to the World Wide Web the world over accessibility will be left to web developers to apply what they deem is necessary and not what is required.

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