Digital accessibility is process of ensure digital resources, such as websites, mobile apps, ebooks and documents have been:
- designed with the needs of people with disabilities and additional needs in mind
- are flexible and can be personalised to meet individual needs
- have been created so that they are compatible with assistive technology
In the UK, public sector websites and apps must meet accessibility standards from September 2019. This is due to the new Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018. The Equality Act (2010) also requires organisations not to discriminate against disabled people and provide reasonable adjustments where need. Meeting digital accessibility standards helps organisations to avoid indirectly discrimination as it ensure disabled people can access the organisation’s websites or digital content. Digital accessibility is also considered a mechanism for providing reasonable adjustments for those who need them.
This section collates resources that are relevant for universities and public sector organisations working toward implement in digital accessibility.
Public Sector Accessibility Regulations
Introduction to the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 – this post also includes links to presentations and webinars that give a good introduction to the regulation.
Public Sector Accessibility Regulations Timelines – One of the most complex part of the guidelines is understanding when parts of your website need to meet the accessibility standards. In our timeline post we attempt to unpack the requirements with examples of how they will impact universities and virtual learning platforms.