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.
Improve your accessibility skills and understanding
Our free lunchtime accessibility clinics give you the opportunity to ask questions about digital inclusion, provide feedback on areas that are problematic, and share your accessibility journey with others.
Sessions run every month from 12:30 to 13:30 on the first Wednesday the month in the academic calendar.
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.
Audio and video recordings produced by colleges and universities must meet Public Sector Body Accessibility Regulations. Here, we share guidance on what you can do as well as tips from across the sector.
Contact our experts
Drew McConnell, University of Glasgow,
“We did our best to talk about a change in attitude towards accessibility, rather than about technical compliance.”
- Jisc accessibility statement - including how we're tackling non-accessible content
- Read our blog on how to navigate the new digital accessibility regulations
- Government guidance on meeting accessibility standards and understanding WCAG 2.1
- Read our blog on creating a third party accessibility statement database