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Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme

The Internet permeates every aspect of our daily life, allowing people to access information and services online, and interacts with each other anytime anywhere. It also opens up new opportunities for enterprises and organisations to promote their products and connect with customers. Making a website accessible not only facilitates different users and customers, including persons with disabilities and special needs, but also boosts its search rankings from search engines and helps reach the widest audience through higher web visibility and increased traffic to the websites, thereby giving enterprises and organisations an edge in the growing digital marketplace, and projecting a positive corporate image.

Since 2013, the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) and the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) have joined hands to organise an annual Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme (Scheme) to show appreciation to enterprises and organisations for making their websites accessible. In 2015, more than 240 websites and mobile apps were recognised, recording about 50% increase in the number of websites awarded over 2014, reflecting the community’s increasing commitment to drive web accessibility. This year, two new awards, namely Triple Gold Award and Designer Award are introduced to laud organisations’ continuous efforts and accomplishments in adopting web accessibility, and the ingenious efforts of their technology partners in this regard.


Objectives

  • Encourage local enterprises and organisations to adopt accessibility design in their websites and mobile apps;
  • Recognise the efforts and accomplishments of organisations that have adopted accessibility design in their websites and mobile apps; and
  • Provide advisory support to help participating organisations make their websites and mobile apps accessible.

Benefits of Participation

Participating organisations can establish a caring image and receive free assessment, training and advisory support to improve the accessibility of their websites and mobile apps.

✓   Social Responsibility and Legal Requirement

  • Making websites and mobile apps accessible and friendly to persons with special needs contributes to a caring and inclusive society
  • Complying with the Disability Discrimination Ordinance (Cap 487)

✓   Recognition and Achievements

  • Receiving an award as a recognition of corporate social responsibility which helps build a positive corporate image
  • Displaying a widely recognised logo to demonstrate an achievement in meeting accessibility requirements

✓   Cost Saving

  • Adopting good coding practices required of accessible websites makes maintenance easier and achieves cost savings in the long run

✓   Enhancing Competitiveness

  • Widening online customer base
  • Making websites accessible facilitates more prominent ranking in search engine results, which in turn helps business development
  • Enhancing usability for everyone, disabled or not

Eligibility

Open to all local enterprises and organisations including companies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), educational institutions and public sector organisations.


Enquiries

Tel. no.: 2582 4606
Fax no.: 2802 4549
Email address : wac@ogcio.gov.hk

The Government reserves the right to make the final decision on any matters about the Recognition Scheme.

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