Digital accessibility project
What are we doing?
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is working to improve the accessibility of online content to meet the digital accessibility regulations as well as improve the experience of using our websites and hosted content such as video and documents for our staff, students and guests.
ICT along with Communications and Public Affairs and Faculty Web Support Officers (FWOs) will be contacting website and web server owners to inform them of the changes, advise on how to implement them, and what support there is available to ensure their sites and content meet the new regulations.
Why are we doing it?
The Accessibility Regulations 2018 have come into effect for public sector bodies, stating that websites (both internal and external) and the content they host have to meet a minimum of WCAG 2.1 standards.
In addition, we are required to host a web accessibility statement on our website detailing what content is accessible, and what is not and how we are going to improve it. This statement should also include contact details for people to request an alternative way to access information or a service.
More information about these changes is available on the College website on the Meeting our accessibility standards web pages.
What are the benefits of this project?
- Information will be provided to help you ensure that your website meets the Regulations.
- A higher standard of accessibility of online content, benefitting not just those with accessibility needs but everyone.
- Helping raise the reputation of Imperial as one of the leading organisations supporting accessibility as a universal concept.
When do these regulations come into force?
All online content that can be accessed by the general public needs to meet the Regulations by September 2020.
ICT will be contacting site owners with details of what they need to do to meet the new regulations, and the support available.
If you would like to leave feedback, be consulted on the project or share your ideas please contact email@example.com.