UK law on web accessibility
Practical resources and advice to help you understand and implement the new legislation.
On 23 September 2018 new regulations on the accessibility of websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies came into force in the UK.
These regulations implement the EU directive on web accessibility and require public sector websites and mobile applications to achieve specific accessibility standards. This applies to all publicly-funded higher and further education institutions.
The government will be monitoring affected websites and apps to check they follow the rules and aren’t breaking the new legal requirements.
How we can support you
New guidelines - get involved
The Government Digital Service are working on guidelines for the procurement of accessible web platforms. We will continue to develop our support in response but want to ensure it suits the sector's requirements.
Share your feedback or concerns via the digital accessibility regulations JiscMail list, where you'll also receive updates and practical resources.
Our accessibility snapshot service is designed to help you prepare for the EU directive.
We can help you to evaluate and review your digital platforms to identify where you are at the moment, identify gaps and recommend solutions to help you move forward.
- Accessibility snapshot (three days)
Explore sample areas of your website, prospectus, learning platform, library platform and assistive technology provision. Produce a report on what works, what could improve and suggested priorities
- Accessibility ‘snapshot lite’ (two days)
Based on any two of the five areas outlined above with a report on what works, what could improve and suggested priorities. Includes a one hour online follow up online discussion opportunity
Accessibility ‘snapshot selfies’
Five two-hour online training sessions to help you benchmark your digital accessibility, each targeted to a different area of student facing provision. These sessions equip you to conduct your own accessibility snapshot in your institution:
- Websites - 22 January 2019 - find out more or book now
- VLEs - 19 February 2019 - find out more or book now
- Libraries - 26 March 2019 - find out more or book now
- Prospectus - 29 April 2019 - details and booking TBC
- Assistive technologies - 29 May 2019 - details and booking TBC
Developing a digitally inclusive organisation
Three online courses exploring:
- Government guidance on meeting accessibility standards and understanding WCAG 2.1
- All Party Parliamentary Group report on accessible VLEs