Author Archives: Jisc accessibility and inclusion

Model Accessibility Statements – evolving the approach.

Jisc is pleased to be part of the Digital Accessibility Working Group. We work with the Digital Accessibility Regulations Jiscmail list to represent the HE and FE sector’s ‘digital context’ to Government Digital Services. This helps ensure guidance on the new legislation is meaningful and appropriate to the sector. Find out more on Jisc support for … Read more

Adapting to digitally accessible education

New regulations applied to public sector bodies on 23 September 2018. You must make your website or mobile app accessible by making it ‘perceivable, operable, understandable and robust’. Accessibility standards will help you do this. You must also: publish an accessibility statement – this must have details of content that doesn’t meet accessibility standards if … Read more

New regulations mean new risks on your website accessibility

There’s a new EU directive that’ll be shaking up our websites, as digital inclusion becomes a recognised right, not just a privilege. From NUS Connect June 2018 In September 2018, making your website more accessible became a legal requirement for public sector bodies. The implications could be significant so at Jisc we asked members how ready they … Read more

Empowering the storyteller: supporting Deaf/Deafblind students

The most compelling life stories are often ones that allow us to connect with the storyteller and for many, the pursuit of academic opportunities form the basis of their narrative With this in mind, how do educational institutions enable Deaf/Deafblind to pursue their story- underpinned by equality of access in their educational journey? In our … Read more

Using technologies to support hearing loss in education

Caroline Mathiasen is a hearing impaired graduate student in the UK, in this blog she talks to Margaret McKay about her experience using assistive technologies to support her during her education. About me I lost part of my hearing when I was a young baby. Around sixty per cent of my hearing, to be more … Read more

Web and app accessibility – make the most of the EU Accessibility directive

On 23rd of September 2018 a new EU Directive  came into force in the UK. The new regulations mean that public sector websites and mobile apps will need to be accessible to all users, especially those with disabilities. The regulations will remain part of UK law regardless of our future relationship with the EU. So new … Read more

British Sign Language National Plan

In this blog Margaret McKay explores the role of the British Sign Language National Plan 2017 – 2023 and the part that it can play in further legitimising British Sign Language (BSL) as an indigenous language in Scotland and on a wider basis across the UK. Through a language lens, not a disability lens The … Read more