Meeting accessibility regulations

Practical resources and advice to help you understand and implement the new government legislation.

What are the accessibility regulations?

On 23 September 2018 new regulations on the accessibility of websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies came into force in the UK. 

The government will be monitoring affected websites and apps to check they follow the rules and aren’t breaking the new legal requirements.


Am I affected?

These regulations require public sector websites and mobile applications to achieve specific accessibility standards. This applies to all publicly-funded higher and further education institutions, including Jisc and its members. Read more about how this will affect HE, FE and schools on the government website.

What are the deadlines?

23 September 2019

Public sector websites published on or after 23 September 2018 must be compliant.

23 September 2020

Websites published before 23 September 2018 must be compliant.

23 June 2021

Apps must be compliant.

How we can help

Be part of the digital accessibility community

Share experiences with other members and work together to crowdsource resources on our Microsoft Teams site. Apply to join the accessibility community Teams site.

You can also connect with accessibility experts in universities and colleges across the UK by signing up to the digital accessibility mailing list on JiscMail, or apply to host a local meetup in your area.

Find out more about ways to get involved.

Get help with decoding the legal terminology

We've worked with solicitors, and others in the sector, to compile a guide designed to give clarity to phrases and terms used in regulations and what these mean in practice for colleges and universities.

Read the guide: accessibility regulations - what you need to know.

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