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Web accessibility for leaders

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Web accessibility for leaders

  1. 1. Web accessibility for leaders Positively influencing digital practice Jisc subject specialists: Julia Taylor John Kelly Richard Morton Senior Accessibility Specialist Government Digital Service Cabinet Office
  2. 2. The running order today • Richard Morton GDS •What are the regulations and what do they mean for how content is published on learning platforms & websites? •John Kelly Jisc •The Accessibility statement requirement • JuliaTaylor Jisc •The big picture - putting it all together – what to do next
  3. 3. 1."accessibility requirement" - failure to comply - is to be treated as a failure to make "reasonable adjustments" - Equality Act 2010 2.Accessibility statement - must provide an accessibility statement in accordance with the model, and keep it under regular review. New obligations
  4. 4. Accessibility Statements The accessibility statement must include— a) an explanation of content that is NOT accessible and the reasons why b) a description of the accessible alternatives provided c) contact form - to notify - disproportionate burden - content excluded d) enforcement procedure to which recourse may be had
  5. 5. Disproportionate burden Public sector body must take account of relevant circumstances, including— a) the size, resources and nature of the public sector body; and b) the estimated costs and benefits for the public sector body in relation to the estimated benefits for persons with disabilities, taking into account the frequency and duration of use of the specific website or mobile application.
  6. 6. What has this to do with improvement? • Improve student experience • Retention and achievement and satisfaction • Business Development and expansion • Innovative teaching practice • Social contracts and community engagement • Good practice, inspection and funding • Accountability, cost and efficiency • Maximise ROI
  7. 7. What do you need to know?​ New requirements re websites, apps and any new or ‘essential’ content • You are responsible for web content you control, create or pay for • In addition to Equality Act - reasonable adjustment It will be monitored • You must evidence you comply to POUR / WCAG2.1AA standards • Timescales for new and existing content. Need to evaluate and prioritise, monitor and manage compliance. An accessibility statement is now a legal requirement • What isn’t compliant and why, what alternatives are available, who to contact Sustainable response process • Requires: Transparency, accountability, guidance and standards
  8. 8. What do you need to do- Part 1 Create action group that reflects the whole digital delivery / estate • SLT, Marketing, content, teaching, curriculum, quality, support, IT, students Start your evaluation process • Identify priorities: Timescales, importance, cost and current use (audit?) • Create a Roadmap Make staff aware and introduce accountability • Digital capability, guidance and standards Design your Accessibility Statement • Informative and useful and accessible (html) • Set up and test your response process • Ongoing responsibility for maintaining compliance and accountability
  9. 9. What do you need to do- Part 2​ • Follow Government Advice • Renegotiate contracts to include compliance criteria and reviews • Require WCAG 2.1 AA standards in quotation requests • Use web technologies not native mobile apps • Build in user testing and feedback loop • EC Accessible ICT Procurement Toolkit.
  10. 10. Next steps Join the Digital Accessibility Regulations mailing list https://www.jisc.ac.uk/accessibility
  11. 11. Questions?

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