Our goal is to make websites accessible for everyone. Our vision is to support disabled people in society. We’re passionate about equality and we want to ensure there are no barriers stopping anyone taking part in society.
We can’t do this alone, that’s why we need your help.
We make websites accessible
People who have a disability can access the web just like someone who is fully able – but only if websites and mobile apps have been designed to cater for different disabilities. This is where web accessibility comes into play.
Everybody uses the internet in some form or another but not everyone can access web pages.
We find it frustrating that most people with a disability cannot access most web pages. Blind or partially sighted people use a screen reader to listen to a webpage. However, most webpages do not work with screen readers because the website has not been created properly.
We have worked in the digital accessibility industry for over 10 years. We decided to set-up Purple Access after we felt not enough was being done to make websites accessible for everyone.
We are a small but very dedicated team and are able to offer a wide range of services to make websites accessible for everyone.
We believe equality should exist in all aspects of our lives, including online. We all need to survive in society and survive to the best of our ability.
The link between disability and aging is something we understand well, as more and more services go online it has become increasingly difficult for the older generation to carry out everyday tasks online. This is why we need websites to be accessible for everyone no matter what your age or ability.
Social Enterprise and Social fund
We approach all situations with honesty and integrity, and we pride ourselves on our ethical outlook.
The Purple Access business will be run as a social enterprise. This means it's operated like a normal business but the profits are reinvested back into the business and local community to help tackle disability issues.
All profits will be spent on local initiatives to help disabled people and to promote our mission and benefit the local community.
Our social fund will help small businesses who cannot afford to make their websites accessible, fully accessible for everyone.
We are Laura and Philip and for the last year we have dreamt about setting up our business to make the web more accessible. After learning about the problems disabled people face using websites, we decided to act. We wanted to do more, so starting a business to help people seemed like the logical thing to do. The response we have received so far from the local community has been overwhelmingly positive.
We have been working with accessible websites for over 10 years and the business idea started when Laura, who is registered blind, went on-line to try and order football match tickets for my birthday. Things did not go well and in the end Laura could not order the tickets, not because Laura didn't have the money or the tickets were not available, but because the website was not accessible to a blind person. It was then we decided to try and make a difference and began the long journey of setting up Purple Access.
We may not be able to make every website fully accessible for those with a disability, but we can certainly try to raise awareness of the problem.
We do a lot of volunteering for the Guide Dogs for the blind and they are currently running a campaign on access all areas, hopefully their next campaign will be about accessible websites.
What will the money be spent on?
We are currently in the process of building the business and are about to relaunch our new website, the current one needs a lot of work. However, we still need a few items to make the business and the social enterprise side a success.
• A web developer to help us finish our website - £2,500
• Braille equipment for Laura to use with her laptop - £1,182. The last one broke and we can’t afford to replace it at the moment.
• The ability to hire a group of testers for the first couple of assignments, until we start making a profit. £50 per tester per day. We are hoping for at least two testers totalling - £100.
• We already have some money for a small piece of marketing and will fund campaigns on Facebook. We would like a small pot of money to promote the business - £100.
• Web accessibility social fund, to help small companies that don’t have vast sums of money, to make their websites accessible for disabled people - £500
• Produce a short video and e-learning package on web accessibility to raise awareness - £500
What happens if we don't raise enough money?
If we raise over our specified amount, all the additionally money will be given to the Guide Dog charity, to which we help fundraise for. We are in the process of naming a guide dog puppy and this requires £5,000 before we can name the puppy.
Why not go to a bank for a loan? Starting a business saddled with debt will only lead to more problems for us. Starting debt free will allow us to invest much more of the profits back into the business and community and allow us much greater freedom in what we do.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you are interested in our project and believe in our vision but can't donate there are still other ways that you can help us:
Our website is still very much under construction so if you visit it, please call back later this year to see the finished site and if you would like your website making accessible for those with a disability, then please get in touch.