There are no dates currently scheduled but a recording of the online briefing is now available for you to watch:
Alternatively, watch the Adobe Connect recording.
The accompanying presentation is available below:
For more information and further resources, join the digital accessibility regulations JiscMail list.
In September 2018 the UK passed new legislation to enact a European directive on the accessibility of content delivered online. This applies to all publicly funded higher and further education institutions.
The legislation requires learning providers to ensure that their websites, apps, intranets, digital platforms and associated content meet high and measurable standards of accessibility to enhance the educational experience of disabled people. Furthermore, high quality information about the levels of accessibility of websites and mobile apps must be published.
The government will be monitoring public sector websites and apps to check they follow the rules and aren’t breaking the new legal requirements.
Some institutions are well on their way towards the highest accessibility standards, so the changes needed to comply with the law will be straightforward. However, others may have little awareness of their compliance obligations and could be at high risk of a challenge from disabled students.
Benefits of the briefing session
This online briefing will involve presentations and the opportunity to ask questions and interact via polling and text chat discussions.
Our aim is not only to provide information but to facilitate sharing of ideas.
- Get up-to-date, plain English information on the legal changes
- Understand the timeline for implementation and where you might need to prioritise
- Recognise the different roles responsible for ensuring compliance within an organisation
- Get a checklist of common failings identified by Jisc
- Get links to further resources and sources of support, both from within Jisc and beyond
This briefing will be run in Adobe Connect.
In order to access the session, you will require a web browser running Adobe Flash 10 or later, an integrated headset and microphone or headphones and a built-in microphone.
Who should attend
This is designed for everyone who has a role to play in ensuring legal compliance and/or the management of digital platforms and associated content, including:
- Senior managers responsible for governance and quality
- Managers with more specific responsibilities (such as websites, marketing, e-learning and library platforms, staff development in accessible practice)
What we cover
- Setting the scene in terms of legal obligations and their timeline
- Translating the legislation into institutional implications
- Examining the common weaknesses uncovered by Jisc’s accessibility snapshot reviews
- Suggesting priorities for member institutions in terms of both policy and practice going forward
Following the online briefing, delegates will be able to:
- Prioritise actions to meet the timelines of the legislation
- Understand the range of internal roles who will be responsible for ensuring compliance
- Recognise common issues (and good practices) identified through our accessibility snapshot service, and check against your own platforms
- Identify further sources of support
For more information and further resources, join the digital accessibility regulations JiscMail list. We're also working on a space which pulls together advice and support in this area which will be available in mid-December 2018.
Alternatively, contact Julia Taylor, subject specialist (accessibility and inclusion) at email@example.com.