We are delighted to announce that RM Unify and Glow in Scotland have been awarded accreditation from the Shaw Trust for the WCAG 2.0 accessibility standard.

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are part of a series of web accessibility guidelines published by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the main international standards organisation for the Internet. The guidelines specify how to make content accessible, primarily for people with disabilities including blind and partially sighted users, and users with mobility impairments or learning difficulties.

Very few sites put themselves through an external audit for accessibility but we want to ensure RM Unify is as accessible as possible to all our users. We work with the Shaw Trust who use a variety of testing techniques including testing by real users with disabilities using assistive technologies such as screen readers or users with sight impairment or who rely on keyboard-only usage. This is because firstly, it is almost impossible to replicate the conditions of disabled users and their use of assistive technologies to a realistic degree of accuracy, and secondly, because testing with disabled users provides a more accurate measurement of accessibility.

RM Unify first achieved WCAG 2.0 AA standard in 2015 but, given the amount of change to the site and its functionality, we wanted to go through the audit process again to ensure that we are still meeting the needs of as many users as we can.

If you find any accessibility problems that affect or prevent your use of RM Unify, please contact us at rmunify@rm.com and we will aim to address the problem as quickly as we can.

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