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A recording of the online briefing on 14 May 2019 is available for you to watch:
The accompanying presentations are available below:
This practical information session will assist leaders to identify and initiate strategies that will assist in meeting compliance standards for the new accessibility requirement and can directly impact on quality improvement throughout the institution.
All new websites and content created from 23 September 2018 need to comply with accessibility requirements by 23 September 2019.
Websites and content created before 23 September 2018 will need to be compliant by September 2020.
This means that they must be accessible in terms of being perceivable, operable, understandable and robust. This requires each institution to review its websites and learning platforms in order to ensure that accessibility standards are met. If your institution’s websites don’t meet the accessibility standards you are in breach of the regulations.
In addition there is a requirement to publish an accessibility statement that includes an explanation of what website content is NOT accessible and the reasons for that. Where appropriate a description of the accessible alternatives needs to be provided.
The new legislation contains enforcement and monitoring powers and it is made clear that a failure to comply with the accessibility requirement will be treated as a failure to make a reasonable adjustment. The effect of this is to make it more straightforward for someone to take a discrimination action where materials are inaccessible, for example.
These changes present a great opportunity for institutions to prioritise accessibility and they provide a significant impetus to positively influence digital practice. Enhanced accessibility means greater usability for everyone. A better student experience leads to better retention, higher achievement and increased satisfaction. It reduces support costs by enabling independence and encouraging engaging, differentiated teaching using technology.
Who should attend
This informational webinar will be beneficial for quality managers and governors who have responsibility for oversight of deliver of teaching and learning.
In particular it will be valuable for managers and decision makers who have responsibility in the areas of:
- Teaching and learning resources
- Teaching and learning systems
- Admissions and registry systems
- Student services
- Online content
- Marketing and communications materials
Following the online briefing, delegates will be able to:
- Understand how the new legal obligation on website accessibility apply to their institution
- Understand that the new legal obligations apply across the institution not just to disability support services
- Identify an approach that will improve the student experience and support achievement
- Understand how the regulations could improve quality, ensure accountability and avoid risk
- Identify steps that they can take now to ensure that they are prepared as the deadlines approach
- Take away information on sources of support and assistance
Pricing and eligibility
The online briefing is free to attend and is open to anyone from Jisc member institutions.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01235 822242.