Website accessibility guidelines webinar

Overview

The new web accessibility regulations create legal obligations for public sector websites. These include having a website that is as accessible as possible (and that includes any downloadable content) as well as an accessibility statement that:

  • clarifies the standards the website reaches
  • identifies potential barriers (and timelines for fixing)
  • provides information to help disabled users mitigate any barriers – for example obtaining information in an alternative format.

This course is an individualised experience with an opportunity to ask questions, get clarification from the trainer and learn from one another. The end-user focus means the course should be of value whether you’re a website coder or a low level ‘cut and paste’ web amateur.

Price

The cost for 2 modules: SLCC Members – £60 + VAT Non-Members – £70 + VAT

CPD points

Claim 2 CPD points for attending both webinars!

Website Accessibility Guidelines Webinar

Course outline

Webinar Part 1

This is a 90 minute online course where you will interact with your own website, the trainer and the other participants.

Pre-session activity

You’ll fill in the url of the website you want to test and get links for the free tools we’ll ask you to get installed. Remember, if you can’t install things on your work computer you can do this course using your own laptop – get the real end user experience!

Session content

  • Anatomy of a user – typical disability profiles and their demographics
  • Anatomy of a website – looking at your own website through the lens of different accessibility requirements.
  • Assessing priorities – narrowing down the ‘known unknowns’.
  • Action planning – working out your next steps for reporting and remediation.

 

Joining instructions will be sent to you 3 weeks before the event and your invoice will be sent before the event. We advise that, on receipt of the joining instructions, you are liable for any fees incurred in order to attend the event.

Webinar Part 2

This is a 90 minute online course where you will interact with your own website, the trainer and the other participants. It is strongly recommended you attend the Webinar Part 1 course before attending this one.

You need an existing baseline audit of your website to get value from the Part 2 course. By the end of this training course you will have a skeleton outline of an accessibility statement.

Pre-session activity

You’ll fill in the url of the website you want to create a statement for and complete a short online survey to identify your confidence with different sections of the model accessibility statement template.

Session content

  • Benefits to users – ensuring users know the advantages your accessibility compliance will give them.
  • Issues and remedies – how to reduce user frustration and reduce your own risks.
  • Getting the processes in place – somebody may have delegated you the job of ‘doing the accessibility statement’ but there are implications for others. We’ll identify the key ones.
  • Technical and testing – identifying the standards you meet. Alternative approaches to testing with assistive technologies.
  • Action planning – identifying the Accessibility Statement Hotspots that need more attention.

About the Trainer

Alistair McNaught was a senior advisor at the Jisc TechDis service (2004-14). He created or co-created Staff Training Packs in accessible practice, Senior Manager Briefings and the Accessibility Essential resources. More recently he led the development of Jisc’s Accessibility Snapshot service (used by nearly 60 universities and colleges). His accessibility work with academic library services won a national award and was shortlisted for an international award for excellence. The University of Kent won a 2018 Times Higher Award for an inclusion project Alistair helped steer.

Alistair is a current member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology and a co-chair of the Digital Accessibility Working Group, liaising between the FE/HE sector and Government Digital Services to ensure official guidance is appropriate to the real world context.

He presents on accessibility at national and international events and is a very experienced online trainer and presenter.

Alistair McNaught

 

 

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