Digital accessibility in education

AbilityNet’s expert consultants can help you ensure your higher education (HE) website, apps and other digital services are usable, accessible and comply with international legislation.McNaught Training - Consultancy - Authoring logo

We are proud to be partnering with McNaught Consultancy, featuring Alistair McNaught formerly of Jisc, to deliver a complete package of accessibility services to educational institutions, including HE and further education (FE).

Our suite of services for educational institutions will show you how to make sure every student can access all your information and services on each of your platforms. 

Perhaps you're a web developer or digital editor at a college or university, or does your role focus on inclusion, or looking after the 'student experience'? You might be looking for evidence to emphasise the need for more budget to be spent on improving accessibility at your organisation? We can help.

To discuss your specific requirements and to receive a quote for your project please speak to our experts.

Accessibility analysis of your website and VLE

Learn from the experts what your website needs to make sure it offers an accessible experience for your users and complies with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Level AA.*

Our expert consultants will scan and analyse your online spaces, including your virtual learning environment (VLE) and external websites, with a suite of modern accessibility tools, to identify any priorities and accessibility issues you need to address.

Choose from a range of options to suit your budget:

  • an introductory level Digital Inclusion Overview half-day session
  • an HE Digital Accessibility review;
  • or a full HE Digital Accessibility Audit.

Our full HE Accessibility Audit report will provide a traffic light rating for every item and we’ll work with your team to help prioritise your plan of action.

Depending on your organisation's accessibility needs and goals, we'll discuss with you which options would work best for you.

* We review accessibility using the WCAG success criteria and offer recommended solutions and further reading to support our findings.

Training for HE digital services – individual and bespoke

We provide you with informative and memorable tailored training sessions to address your specific needs, delivered by experienced trainers from AbilityNet and McNaught Consultancy.

Choose from a variety of training options and select your preferred way of learning. Sessions include an introduction to accessibility, embedding accessibility in your institution’s culture, accessibility for developers, disability awareness, and practical training on using a screenreader.

"AbilityNet's training for our academic and support staff was highly effective and the feedback from the session was excellent. Staff really valued seeing a JAWS user show them in real time the issues which students with visual impairments can face when dealing with access to a range of document formats, and also how the software itself operates. I would highly recommend AbilityNet for its professional and responsive service, and for the quality and relevance of its training." - University of Cambridge

We also offer a Webinar training package - please ask our experts about the titles available.

  • "Thank you for providing this free webinar which has been thoroughly helpful and beneficial. I will be promoting these apps to our students and will be encouraging my team to watch the webinar recording!" 
  • "Best webinar I have seen in ages!!!"
    - Attendees of AbilityNet's Inclusive Technology for Students webinar

Accessible inspection of digital documents 

Learn from our experienced consultants, who will check your documents (for example, PDFs, PowerPoint, Word, Excel) to identify common accessibility issues, and tell you how to fix them. 

Receive a guide for creating accessible document templates and policies. 

Accreditation and compliance statementabilitynet accredited logo

Depending on your choice of accessibility analysis (see Expert analysis of your website and VLE, above), your institution may receive AbilityNet’s independent and impartial recognition accreditation certification. Once awarded, you can use this on your website and VLE to signpost your commitment to accessibility.

Events for your team

AbilityNet will provide Accessibility Awareness Days including talks from experts in the field.

Attend inclusive tech workshops and experience assistive technology in action to better understand users’ needs.

See case study examples of how digital accessibility issues have been addressed to provide you with ideas and solutions.

Join our Tech Demo Days - fun, friendly, interactive sessions to enable those who support disabled students to experience the technology we most frequently recommend.

Expert tools and resources

Use and implement tools such as AbilityNet’s My Study My Way to identify all students’ accessibility needs and develop your inclusion and diversity strategy.

Embed My Computer My Way on your website, our online, interactive, self-help accessibility tool to help visitors use your site more easily. See the tool in action on Barclays, and E.on websites. HE institutions including University of Dundee, University of Kent, Sheffield University and Cambridge University all actively refer their site users to this valuable tool.

Share factsheets about assistive technology and accessibility with your team.

Your web developers can access best practice advice and coding tips from AbilityNet’s broad component library.

Access AbilityNet’s Best Practice Guidelines documents to help embed accessibility throughout your institution.**

**Dependent on the support package chosen.

To discuss your specific requirements and to receive a quote for your project please speak to our experts.


About Alistair McNaught

Alistair McNaught of McNaught Consulting has long experience supporting FE and HE in taking a holistic approach to inclusive practice. He has played a key part in award-winning project including content creation, ebook accessibility and student support. He's well known for his skill in translating accessibility into the everyday practices of many institutional roles. He specialises in helping organisations get better return on digital investments by identifying the small changes that can make big differences to users.

Praise for McNaught Consulting

“Alistair provided some extremely useful sessions on understanding Accessibility from a teaching, technology-enhanced learning and strategic staff perspective. Participants left the sessions feeling energised and ready to implement what they had learned" - Newcastle University

"Alistair McNaught’s technical expertise and professional delivery ensured that our digital accessibility courses were highly successful and universally praised. In the weeks following the training there is clear evidence of transference and application of learning. I am very happy to recommend the services of Alistair McNaught Consultancy Ltd." - Harper Adams University 

“We have been delighted with the service that we received from McNaught Consulting. The report and recommendations have given us a clear understanding of the work we need to do to make our website and VLE more accessible. This involved both technical accessibility; to help us meet accessibility standards, and informational accessibility;  how well can a disabled student independently meet their own needs in accessing the website and VLE.” - FE college


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