HE and FE Accessibility Maturity Model

This Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE) Accessibility Maturity Model, created by AbilityNet and McNaught Consultancy, enables you to judge the maturity of your organisation's digital accessibility. All public sector organisations have a legal obligation to meet a base level of accessibility, but where does your organisation sit on the spectrum between outmoded practice and leading-edge accessibility excellence?

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Digital accessibility often falls between the gaps

The digital estate of learning providers can be complex. Many individuals contribute to (and interact with) multiple digital platforms. Accessibility can be forgotten or unintentionally compromised.

Although digital accessibility involves technology use, it is not primarily about technology but about people and their practices. What you do and how you do it - your cultural landscape - impacts on disabled student experience, engagement, retention and results. Fewer barriers mean tangible benefits for everyone, disabled or not. We put together this resource to help you map your own 'cultural landscape' and reflect on areas you might want to improve. It takes a holistic approach to accessibility using a simple model with feedback hints and opportunities for reflection and action planning.

About our HE and FE Accessibility Maturity Model

Built on an original concept developed by Alistair McNaught (TechDis 2006), this maturity model has been extended with support from Adam Tweed and Amy Low of AbilityNet. This interactive resource helps you:

  • Determine where you are in the Accessibility Maturity Spectrum
  • Understand risks; build on benefits
  • Identify support needs

AbilityNet and McNaught Consulting have complementary skill sets. We've mapped our support services to this model - but you are under no obligation to use any particular service.

To use this model you can:

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We offer tailored accessibility and usability support to clients from the HE and FE, and public sectors, to help you ensure your website, apps and other digital services are usable, accessible and comply with the new UK accessibility regulations. Talk to us about your project and our experts will advise on a bespoke digital accessibility strategy to meet your requirements.

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