Accessibility and copyright issues: this Friday’s webinar

This coming Friday (12th June) we will be running our regular webinar from 11am-12pm and the session will focus on accessibility and copyright issues. We are delighted to be joined by Alistair McNaught, independent accessibility consultant (formerly of Jisc TechDis). We will also have a short presentation from Elizabeth Charles, Assistant Director of Library Services at Birkbeck, University of London, who will be sharing experiences. Finally we will also have an update on this week’s Kent Digital Accessibility Conference that was held online this week from Ben Watson at the University of Kent, who will talk about some of the copyright issues that were discussed.

The accessibility regulations came into force for public sector bodies on 23 September 2018 and need to be in place by 23 September 2020. They say you must make your website or mobile app more accessible by making it ‘perceivable, operable, understandable and robust’. You need to include and update an accessibility statement on your website.

The full name of the accessibility regulations is the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. For example, somebody might ask for information in an alternative, accessible format, like large print or an audio recording. There are a number of factors that determine what makes something a ‘reasonable’ adjustment.

Intranet and extranet websites (so for example VLEs used to deliver online learning resources to students) are covered by the accessibility regulations. Join us for a lively discussion, with a regular copyright news update from me and Chris, and plenty of time for questions. The session is being hosted by ALT and open to all in Blackboard Collaborate. We hope to see you on Friday!

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