Digital Accessibility advice for higher and further education

Student at laptop at universityAs a web developer or digital editor at a university you might be seeking advice about complying with Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations? Or perhaps your role focusses on inclusion and looking after the 'student experience'?

If you're looking for support and evidence to emphasise the need to improve digital accessibility at your institution, AbilityNet's newly launched suite of digital accessibility services for higher education (HE) and further education (FE) institutions provides a range of options.

Partnering with McNaught Consultancy, featuring Alistair McNaught (formerly of Jisc), AbilityNet can ensure your websites, apps and other digital services are usable, accessible and comply with WCAG 2.1 level AA and other legislation.

What's included in the HE/FE services?

Having consulted with many of our higher education clients, we've devised a specialist HE/FE Digital Accessibility Bundle, which includes a selection of options to suit various budgets and to help identify accessibility priorities.

Other services include:

  • Accessibility auditing - using a combination of manual and automated techniques
  • Training - online or in-person, allowing you to invest in your in-house knowledge
  • Accessibility awareness events - learn about accessibility in action
  • Expert resources and tools - including My Study My Way and our factsheets

Don't know where to start? To discuss your specific requirements and receive a proposal for your project please speak to our experts.

Discover AbilityNet and McNaught Consultancy's joint offering.

Complying with Digital Accessibility Regulations in month 1

Our recent webinar took place just three days after the first deadline of the Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations and provided information and advice about complying with the new Public Sector Accessibility Regulations in month 1. 

In the webinar we discuss the ‘business case’ for compliance and what disabled students should be able to expect from their education provider. Loads of great questions arose within the conversations between attendees and our presenters Abi James of AbilityNet and Alistair McNaught of McNaught Consultancy.

Watch the recording of our webinar, and access the answers from the experts to questions asked on the webinar.

How the University of York is meeting accessibility regulations: free webinar 28 November

AbilityNet and University of York logosAbilityNet has various ongoing efforts to support universities and other higher education institutions in relation to compliance with new Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations. Six steps for approaching digital accessibility regulations from the University of York describes how one institution is rising to the demands and challenges of new legislation.

Richard Walker heads up the Programme Design and Learning Technology Team at the University of York and will be speaking on our free webinar on 28 November about its journey to compliance. Register now for the webinar.

More information

We have already hosted three free webinars this year where we've shared information and advice about the new accessibility regulations: