Digital accessibility resources and legislation.

 

Global Accessibility Awareness Day Thursday 21 May: virtual webinar and resource pack  

 ucisa members are invited to participate in a free virtual conference to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day on Thursday 21 May. The event has been organised by the Government Digital Service (GDS). The webinar sessions covering a range of subjects from a basic intro to digital accessibility to common accessibility statement errors. You can register for the event here.

The Government Digital Service has developed a resource pack that can be used by organisations to host internal learning sessions amongst colleagues. These assets can be downloaded here.

On Thursday 21 May, join the conversation and share the work your team is doing to improve digital accessibility. Post on social media using the hashtags #AccessibilityRegulations and #GAAD.

Make sure you include the GDS accounts in your posts, too: 

Twitter: @GDSTeam
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/government-digital-service
Instagram: @GDSTeam

 

Resources/links

AbilityNet supports people of any age, living with any disability or impairment to use technology to achieve their goals at home, at work and in education. We do this by providing specialist advice services, free information resources and by helping to build a more accessible digital world.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/accessibility-requirements-for-public-sector-websites-and-apps

Digital accessibility - from directive to DNA - workshop blog and slides from Samantha Ahern and Leo Havemann, UCL

Sketch notes on the Preparing for the new digital accessibility requirements by Kevin Mears

The Directors' Cut edition 1 - Accessibility legislation is a briefing intended to inform CIOs and Directors of IT Services. In this edition Fiona Strawbridge, University College London writes about the Digital Accessibility legislation and what it will mean for our sector and members.

Legislation

The EU Directive on the accessibility of public sector websites and mobile applications.

The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations (2018).

Accessible VLEs – the ‘Policy Connect’ Briefing (The easy read).

Presentations from the Preparing for the new digital accessibility requirements event

The barriers we build and video - Adi Latif, AbilityNet

Empowering you to act on accessibility and video - Richard Morton, Government Digital Services

How Jisc are supporting the sector and helping with the legal grey areas - John Kelly, Jisc

University of Sheffield institutional story

University of Derby institutional story

University of Kent institutional story

A Digital Accessibility Toolkit - Ben Watson, University of Kent and George Rhodes,  Kent County Council

Embedding accessibility within your digital strategy - Abi James, AbilityNet

Transcript of the Preparing for the new digital accessibility requirements

A full transcript of the day is also available

Videos from the Preparing for the new digital accessibility requirements

Videos of the presentations are available on the ucisa YouTube channel