Able Australia required the redevelopment of their website. The project was driven partly from a rebranding strategy, the need to have a CMS which would be easier for staff to update, and to assist the organisation move into the competitive space that the NDIS will present in the future.
Key features which were important to the organisation was the need to better communicate the services offered in different states around Australia; the ability to easily grow these services, and being an organisation that services people with multiple disabilities we needed to ensure that the site content was easily accessible for everyone.
We initially were contracted by Able Australia to build a website specification document - this document became the blueprint for the website design & development - it covered a comprehensive sitemap, a description of all content types (wireframe) and extensive build notes for our web developers. Producing this documentation independantly from the development project allowed us to provide a competitive quotation which almost halved our original estimate for the works.
One of the key requirements of this project from the outset was to ensure the site met WCAG AA website requirements - these are the requirements that outline User Accessibility standards for websites. As of December 2013 all websites in Australia were meant to comply with these standards - this ensures that website content is readily accessible for people who are sight impaired, have cognitive disorders and other physical disabilities - it ensures that the site can be readily accessible via keyboard (without mouse control), web readers and that text colour contrasts are strong enough to cater for sight impaired people. This was particularly important for an organisation that works with people who have multiple disabilities.
Web Prophets used the Drupal AGOV distribution (developed by Australian web developers PreviousNext) as our foundation for this website. AGOV is endorsed by the Department of Finance, Federal Government (it is now part of GOVCMS - a packaged solution for federal government agencies). Out of the box, AGOV contains many of the requirements for a site to pass the AA Accessibility tests. This has allowed Web Prophets to keep costs down and to focus on other key elements to the web development process.
The outcomes have been great - Able Australia has extensively tested the site with its 'inhouse' accessibility experts and the site has passed with flying colours.