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Ensuring Public Sector Website Accessibility

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09:15 - 16:15

Tuesday 25 February 2020

DeVere West One, Central London

In August 2018, the Government passed a new law on Public Sector  Website Accessibility Regulations. Thus meaning that public sector organisations will need to put in place technical structures to ensure that they are providing a website or digital content that is not indirectly discriminating against disabled people.

While it is expected that new websites will already be published in line with the regulations, all existing public sector websites will need to be updated to comply with requirements by September 2020.

Join this interactive and informative training course to find out how you can achieve website accessibility under the new standard in your organisation.

Learning Objectives:
  • Know the effects and timescales of the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018
  • Understand your organisation’s responsibilities under the regulations
  • Learn how to write and what is included in a compliant accessibility statement
  • Know steps they can take to include accessibility into procurement processes
  • Understand responsibilities when it comes to 3rd party content
  • Develop opportunities to engage senior management on accessibility
  • Understand what changes need to be made across an organisation to deliver accessibility

Expert Trainers

George Rhodes, Accessibility Consultant, All Able

Ben Watson, Accessibility ConsultantAll Able

Over the past year Ben and George have been involved in national work associated with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018, including working with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technologies, providing advice on regulatory compliance to the Cabinet Office Minister for Implementation. They are also chairing members of the national Further and Higher Education Digital Accessibility Working Group.

Their consultancy company ‘All Able’ was established in 2019: www.allable.co.uk

View the agenda and additional speakers
George Rhodes

Accessibility ConsultantAll Able

George is an experienced Accessibility Consultant. In the past, George has worked with Local Government, NHS, Schools, Universities and Emergency Services in improving accessibility.

George is committed to improving the accessibility in the UK, so in his free time continues to support public sector organisations independently. George is the author of the well-renowned Accessibility Statements across the UK Public Sector research that looked at the accessibility guidance of 1441 Public Sector organisations across the UK

Ben Watson

Accessibility ConsultantAll Able

Ben is the Accessible Information Adviser for the University of Kent. Ben has been involved in the delivery of guidance that is now best practice advised by Universities UK and has done significant work to improve the accessibility of the student journey from start to finish in Kent.




Trainer's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives


Understanding the Accessibility Requirements for Public Sector Bodies

  • The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 – how did the regulation come about and what it aims to achieve
  • Discussing the timeline for implementing regulations and how you can plan your work accordingly
  • Outlining who and what falls under the new legislation and who is exempt
  • Outlining the Memorandum of Understanding and how the process of monitoring and enforcement will operate
  • Getting senior management on board – realising the scale of work involved and prioritisation
  • Identifying sources for keeping in touch with the latest developments


Morning Break


Preparing Your Organisation for the Changes - Policy and Practical Steps

  • Publishing the accessibility statement
    • Outlining the requirements of an accessibility statement
    • Discussing the purpose of accessibility statements and what other
      information users might want
    • Building a model accessibility statement
  •  Procurement and Suppliers
    • What to include in procurement, tenders and contracts
    • What to expect from suppliers
    • What to do with existing suppliers
  • 3rd Party systems and your responsibilities
    • Understanding your responsibilities
    • Outlining the 3rd Party responsibility matrix


Decide How to Check for Accessibility Problems

  • Reviewing internal processes and ensuring that all staff involved is effectively trained
  • Basic checks for accessibility – Where do you need to address the problem and how?
    • Image alternatives
    • Video and Audio content
    • Documents
    • Websites
    • Other comms




Achieving Accessibility Under the New Standard

  • Recognising which web content accessibility guidelines you need to adhere to and understanding WCAG 2.1
    •  Learn about the process of testing sites for accessibility using automatic scanning tools versus an audit
    • Live testing exercise
    • Understanding accessibility evaluations and testing results
  • Issue reporting, exclusions and disproportionate burden – what is it and what does it apply to?
  •  How diverse user testing can inform accessibility audits and future development plans
  • Discussing common accessibility issues and how to overcome the
  • Creating content, including dynamic and visual, with accessibility in mind


Afternoon Break

Open Questions and Accessibility Clinic

  • Get some consultancy time, asking advice on real issues in your organisation


Evaluation and Close

*Programme subject to change

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In-house Option

We can also run this course for you, at your organisation, at a time and date that suits you. Please email inhouse@insidegovernment.co.uk for more info.