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
Benchmarking your digital accessibility
Each targeted to a different area of student facing provision, these online training sessions equip you to conduct your own accessibility snapshot in your institution:
- Assistive technologies - 29 May 2019 - find out more and book
- Websites - no dates scheduled - find out more
- Prospectus - no dates scheduled - find out more
- Libraries - no dates scheduled - find out more
- VLEs - no dates scheduled - find out more
Developing a digitally inclusive organisation
A series of online courses exploring:
- Data, evidence and accessibility - 13 June 2019 - find out more and book
- Student entitlement - 20 June 2019 - find out more and book
- Joined up thinking - 27 June 2019 - find out more and book
Web accessibility for leaders
An online course to positively influence digital practice - watch the recording or register your interest for future dates
The recent Digifest 2019 session 'responding to the new web accessibility regulations' was presented by subject specialists from Jisc and representatives from Ability Net and the Government Digital Service (GDS).
We are working together with the sector to make the most of this opportunity to improve the student experience for everyone, not just those with disability issues.
More about the session
The session provides:
- A brief introduction to the key points of the legislation
- An overview of the potential benefits for organisations in terms of improved service join up, quality assurance and digital competency agendas
- An overview of how to create and test accessible platforms
- A summary of how GDS are working with the sector to ensure guidance is contextualised, avoiding unintended consequences
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.
The working groups comprise:
- Accessibility statements and technical compliance (facilitated by Abi James, AbilityNet)
- Resources, training and skills development for staff (facilitated by Alistair McNaught, Jisc)
- Guidance and policy framework for implementing regulations (facilitated by Robert McLaren, Policy Connect)
- 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.
- Government guidance on meeting accessibility standards and understanding WCAG 2.1
- All Party Parliamentary Group report on accessible VLEs