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.

Read more about the new regulations on the accessibility blog >

How we can support you

Online briefing

On the 9 November 2018 we ran an online briefing to outline the upcoming changes and highlight what needs to be done to ensure legal compliance.

New guidelines - get involved

Jisc is a co-chair of the digital accessibility working group, liaising with the Government Digital Service to help ensure guidance on implementing accessibility regulations:

  • Is context-aware, recognising the nature and complexity of educational digital platforms and content
  • Avoids unintended consequences
  • Ensures the sector takes advantage of the new regulations to improve teaching and learning for all students

Share your suggestions, concerns or feedback via the digital accessibility regulations JiscMail list, where you'll also receive updates and practical resources from our four working groups. 
 

Working groups

The working groups comprise:

  1. Accessibility statements and technical compliance (facilitated by Abi James, AbilityNet)
  2. Resources, training and skills development for staff (facilitated by Alistair McNaught, Jisc)
  3. Guidance and policy framework for implementing regulations (facilitated by Robert McLaren, Policy Connect)
  4. Stakeholder engagement and dissemination (facilitated by Ben Watson, University if Kent)

All working group outputs are disseminated through the digital accessibility regulations Jiscmail list. Information on joining the working groups is available through the Jiscmail list above.

We are also active members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Assistive Technology and have contributed to that groups report on accessible virtual learning environments – making the most of the new regulations

Accessibility snapshot

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

Training

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:

Developing a digitally inclusive organisation

Three online courses exploring:

Consultancy

These can be adapted for bespoke single institution delivery.

  • VLE review
    A strategic review of your VLE, to help you take steps to improve the student experience
  • Infrastructure review
    Ensure your IT systems can support your organisation’s vision

Other resources