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Digital accessibility guide

Explore how to create, design and structure your content to ensure that is is accessible to your students.

About digital accessibility

Accessibility helps us to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. It is a cross-institutional responsibility. By making your content more accessible for disabled students and staff, you will be improving the experience for everyone.

This guidance is design to support creating accessible digital content and embedding inclusive practices. The resource is under development with new materials continuously added.

Digital accessibility regulations

The Equality Act (2010) protects disabled staff and students from discrimination. The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 makes explicit the need for digital materials from public bodies to be accessible. In addition to the public-facing and internal websites, University online teaching, learning, research and staff platforms are included as part of the directive. These regulations came into force in the UK on 23rd September 2018 and originate from the EU Web Accessibility Directive (2016/2102)

Accessibility statements

As an owner of a website or an application you maybe required to include an Accessibility Statement to let users know how accessible the site is and what you are doing to improve accessibility. Having an Accessibility Statement on your site shows that you are respectful of users with disabilities and helps you to comply with the law. Add it to a section that will be easy for users to find such as footer, header, sidebar.

The government has guidance on how to make your website or app accessible and publish an accessibility statement.

You can review City’s accessibility statement and those for educational technologies and other services on our Accessibility statement blog.

Inclusion and accessibility workshops