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The Well Adjusted Campaign has announced a draft of its ten 'reasonable adjustments', as required by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, to make online and printed media accessible to people with communication difficulties.

 

An employer should provide employees with a disability with services that allow them to do their job, where this does not impose unjustifiable hardship on the employer. This is referred to as a 'reasonable adjustment'.

 

The campaign, which was launched on 5 May 2006, has brought together representatives from the British Dyslexia Association, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, 2080 partners and a growing number of 'Champions of inclusion' including Sir Jackie Stewart OBE and Big Issue founder John Bird MBE.

 

The campaign states:

'Research by the Disability Rights Commission found that 80% of UK websites are inaccessible and that business welcomed clear guidance. The aim of the Well Adjusted Campaign is to help provide this guidance. In proposing ten draft reasonable adjustments it aims to help all organisations and companies comply with the law, and meet the needs of their customers, colleagues and community.'

 

The ten reasonable adjustments are as follows.

1. Letter shape and size

2. Sense

3. Navigation

4. Design

5. Appearance

6. Sound

7. Definition

8. Language

9. Right to Reply

10. The 4 New P's

The campaigners are asking people to further 'refine' and 'define' these adjustments on their website at www.welladjusted.org.uk (opens a new window). They announced the 'final' version of their 'reasonable adjustments' on 10 October 2006.