How to grow your accessibility maturity - for HE and FE professionals

Taking a strategic, joined up approach to improve outcomes, reduce risks and change culture

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  • 14:00 - 16:00 BST
  • Wednesday 26 May 2021

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You may also be interested in our How to deliver and sustain accessible digital learning - for HE and FE professionals training course.


Online - this course is delivered via the Zoom platform


  • The course will be delivered with live captions
  • We can share slides in advance if required
  • A captioned recording with transcript will be shared with attendees after the live event

Why you should attend

For disabled students, now more than ever, an inclusive digital experience is crucial to their ability to participate in education on an equal footing, yet we consistently find investments in one part of the organisation are undermined by lack of awareness in another or lack of long term planning

The legal requirement to provide platforms and documents that are compliant with WCAG 2.1 AA has helped to move things forward, but a focus on compliance is only part of the solution. Universities and colleges are extremely complex organisations. A whole institution approach is required to create sustainable cultural change. 

The session will help you 

  • Evaluate your digital accessibility maturity holistically, 
  • Frame your institution’s strengths and weaknesses through a range of lenses
  • Identify gaps in policy, practice or responsibilities
  • Set priorities and plans to progress embedding lasting change and new ways of working. 

The training can help create your digital accessibility strategy and roadmap and engage key stakeholders throughout the institution to recognise their role in moving this forward. 

Who is this training for

The intended audiences for this training include anyone with responsibility for (or interest in) improving equity and student experience. This may include senior managers, digital teams, student experience, learning and teaching.

What will be covered

Attendees will:

  • Understand the importance of a joined-up approach to enact lasting cultural change
  • Review the Institutional HE & FE Digital Accessibility Maturity model
  • Discuss each lens of reflection 
  • Review evidence from your own institution and collate points for each lens 
  • Determine scoring at bronze, silver, gold level
  • Discuss barriers to progress, compare with anonymised data from other institutions and share best practice 

Important information 

Class size: We limit the number of people on our training courses to ensure all attendees can engage with the presenter, ask questions and have an informative experience

What to bring: You will need a good internet connection, access to a laptop or desktop computer and to be able to open/use the Zoom platform without restrictions on your device

Why train with us?

97% of attendees rated our webinars and training ‘Excellent' or ’Good’ in 2019

Attendees will receive a link to the recording of the training to watch back at your leisure after the event. (And you’ll always have access to the latest advice as we will update the content on the link when the training is repeated in the future.)

What our previous attendees say

"When I first signed up for this webinar I felt it would simply provide some useful background information. Working through the maturity-scoring Excel has made me realise this is actually a fantastically useful tool to help us figure out how to improve our organisational approach to accessibility.
We attended the session off the back of what is quite a limited accessibility project for us at the moment, focussing only on our virtual learning environment. As a result of the webinar we’ve been able to use the checklist to engage senior stakeholders in a follow-on project which will scale this up to the rest of the institution in a way which we simply hadn’t considered until now. We probably wouldn't have been prompted to do this in such a coordinated way without seeing this.”
"The process was really good and showed how close we are, even where scores are low, I can see what needs to be done and can use the findings to encourage senior leadership into taking action."  
"Thank you, this provides a great roadmap for us and what we need to focus on now." 

Meet our trainers

Alistair McNaughtMcNaught Consultancy logo

Alistair McNaught

Alistair McNaught of McNaught Consultancy is 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. Alistair worked as a front-line teacher for 20 years then worked for national organisations supporting e-learning and accessibility in Further and Higher Education.  

Amy Low

Amy Low

Amy Low is Service Delivery Director at AbilityNet, and heads up our workplace, education and free services teams. Having spent 15 years working in a variety of leadership and transformation roles within serviced property and IT services, Amy joined AbilityNet in 2016, drawn by the opportunity to leverage technology to remove barriers to participation for disabled people and create a better digital experience for everyone. She works with a wide range of institutions and organisations providing services and support to ensure their digital practices are meeting the needs of the widest audience.  

About our training team

Our trainers have decades of experience between them. They deliver accessibility consultancy ranging from technical audits and user tests, through to ongoing involvement in the accessibility of enterprise-level agile projects. They regularly champion accessibility at conferences, lead webinars, and run workshops.