Digital Accessibility

Digital Accessibility Regulations

Digital accessibility is the process of making digital products accessible to everyone, ensuring that all users can access the same information regardless of their learning needs. Digital accessibility is part of inclusion.

The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018, require that all our content, including that provided through Blackboard, is digitally accessible. This includes (but is not limited to):  

  • Captions on all audio and video recordings;  
  • Alt-text on all images;
  • Structured documents and websites (using headings etc);
  • Accessible/readable by screen readers or alternative technologies.  

For more information:  

Tips for achieving digitally accessible resources

The best way to support students is to produce content that is accessible by design. Here are 9 key things to consider:

UK Accessibility Regulations: 9 key things to consider

9 key things to consider downloadable PDF version.

Office 365

The following guidance is available to ensure that course or module content created in Office365 is accessible:

On all Office 365 programs you can use the Accessibility Checker to find accessibility issues.

Unilearn tools 

Many of our digital tools include features that can help with accessibility requirements. For example:

The Disability Service

Staff should be aware that the USW Disability Service recommends a number of different technologies to support students. These include the mind-mapping software Inspiration, screen reader and magnifier Superova, RNIB Bookshare, Class Notes apps, screen reader Window Eyes, and the AMIS DAISY format reader.