Project information

Disabled people supported into work and business.

To revamp the website enabling the ADP to support more working age disabled people,because of increasing demand of the helpline Disabled people access and download information in their format enabling them to get work, continue in work or in business with access barriers removed.

April 2011 - September 2011

Charity information: Association of Disabled Professionals

Association of Disabled Professionals
  • Need


    In the last few years the number of disabled people ADP helped has grown very significantly. The current website cannot cope and without a Content Management System (CMS) it is difficult to keep the web site updated with current information and to disseminate relevant information to disabled people. There is currently no way of tailoring the information we provide to specific groups of disabled people, other than manually. Email accessibility for the website linked email address is difficult.


    The ADP website has been running for several years. It is the main method we have for communicating with our members, answering their enquiries and helping them in general. It is also the gateway to enquiries from disabled people who are not members The CMS system will make it easier to update and manage information systems. It is vitally important that we are able to keep our website updated with the latest information and contact disabled people with relevant news.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    An accessible website is developed for disabled people and others within 12 months


    » A Content Management System will be bolted onto the website enabling all aims to be delivered more efficiently
    » Engage with disabled people and others asking what is needed during and throughout project
    » Staff and Volunteers trained to update the site.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...In the first year we expect 12000 hits to the accessible website.

    Aim 2

    Disabled people access appropriate information about employment and self employment options


    » Engage with disabled people and others asking what is needed during and throughout project
    » Information on employment and self employment reviewed developed and uploaded
    » Develop and upload Frequently asked Questions
    » Volunteers test the information for use of language and accessibility

    What success will look like

    Success will be in year 1 1000 people will download information enabling disabled people to find employment and start their own business and other issues relating to work.

    Aim 3

    ADP is able to contact relevant people with news, events and information more efficiently


    » Engage with disabled people and others asking what is needed during and throughout project
    » Automated mailing lists developed
    » Email address functionality resolved.

    What success will look like

    Success will be in year 1 200 people will have relevant news and information concerning issues around disabled people

  • Impact


    Disabled people and peers download the information in the format required without ringing the helpline enabling the telephone helpline to deal with more tailored enquiries not covered by the website. The CMS system on the website will be easier for the manager and volunteers to add and update information as HTML is not needed. The website will have a counter present informing us which pages are most used . In time we will be able to add more appropriate information as demand arises.


    The website contractor may be unable to do the project. When we get the funding we together with the contractor set out a programme of milestones which will be monitored on a monthly basis , Monitoring will be undertaken by the executive committee and ADP members well versed in computer technology Payment will be made on work done to date only. We will have a pool of volunteers to assist with the testing of the site.


    An email will be sent with progress and forthcoming activity on a monthly basis. The opportunity to test and comment on the website would be welcomed. Deviations from plans are highlighted. Quarterly for one year, a report with the number of hits and popular pages searched will be sent.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £16,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £13,500 Website contruction The requirements are summarised as follows:
      £2,700 VAT VAT not reclaimable
  • Background


    To avoid access barriers, costs of a separate office environment and carbon emissions, ADP staff, trustees and volunteers (all of whom are disabled people) work from home. The project will be led and operated from the staff members’ home in Bolton and the contractor’s premises in London. Volunteers offering to be critical friends of the website will be based at home. Communication about website issues will be via email and telephone.


    Disabled people have the appropriate updated information in the format required, with a more interactive website.They will be enabled to work, consider self employment or further their education.
    Jargon,especially business jargon, is avoided, information in plain English.Mainstream organisations benefit as they use the information for other clients.Many disabled people want to hear from their peers sharing their experiences,as this provides a collaborative understanding of the issues involved.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Existing services provided by organisations, such as Job Brokers, Jobcentre Plus and Business Link, focus on a job or self employed position chosen, not considering the needs or wishes of the person.This approach is deficient as the emphasis is on the short term and disabled people feel "short changed" as they are unable to get access to training and information to improve their lives and skills. Our holistic approach to 6000 people per year yields a long term gain, both for employer and client.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kath Sutherland ADP Development Officer

    Kath , an assistive software user, will lead. She works with people/groups with different impairments crucial to the accessibility of the site.

    Peter Dudley

    At this time, the work will be completed by Peter Dudley an outside contractor who is well versed with the issues of accessibility and ADP’s website.

    ADP Executive Committee

    Together with members and disability groups will monitor the project, in particular at the testing stage,ensuring accessibility to all.