Digital Accessibility Guidance for Staff

We want everyone who uses our websites and systems to be able to find, read and understand our content.

In order to achieve this we all need to contribute towards making sure our content is accessible to everyone.

We have prepared guidance for staff to give you the tools and information you need to create accessible content.

Digital Accessibility Strategy and Policy

Guidance for CMS Users

You are responsible for making sure that the content that you create using the CMS is accessible. There are many CMS authors and many web pages on our sites, so we need you to take responsibility for your own content. You may already be creating accessible content, but take a look at the document below to make sure you are following these guidelines.

To help you assess and improve the accessibility of your content, use the documents below:

Please work through Digital Accessibility Training for CMS Users as soon as you can.

 

Guidance for Managers

You are responsible for making sure that the content that you provide for CMS Editors is accessible. Although you are not the person putting the content onto the website, you need to understand how to provide your content in the best format, and with additional information (such as alternative text) included. You may already be creating accessible content, but take a look at the document below to make sure you are following these guidelines.

Please book yourself onto a Digital Accessibility Training for Managers session as soon as you can.

Guidance on Creating Accessible Learning Materials

Choices you make when creating learning materials can make a big difference for your students. It is easy to make documents more accessible and easier to use by students and others who may have a disability or specific learning difference. Accessible documents help all students to learn more easily.

The Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit in collaboration with Student Support Services offers Creating Accessible Learning Materials, a training session for all staff who create Word documents, PowerPoints, PDF files, or videos for students. The session helps staff ensure that all digital material they put into Blackboard courses is accessible. The session is based around two handouts, which you can download below:

Digital Accessibility Tools

  • Alt Text Tester
    Extension for Chrome which allows you to check if images in your page have alt text set.
  • axe
    Extension for Chrome which runs automated tests to let you see what accessibility issues you may have with your page. It's also available for Firefox - axe Firefox add-on.
  • Browser inspect tool
    Built in browser tool which allows you to check the HTML code for a particular part of a page. This can allow you to do things like checking if an image has alt text. Right click and choose 'Inspect' or 'Inspect element'.
  • headingsMap
    Extension for Chrome which allows you to check the structure of your page to make sure you have used headings correctly. It's also available for Firefox - headingsMap Firefox add-on.
  • Hemingway Editor
    This web-based tool can help you to assess the text you have written to make sure it is clear and understandable.
  • NVDA
    This is a full screen reader which can be used to check how your pages work for screen reader users. It can be installed via the Software Center.
  • SilkTide - Disability Simulator
    Extension for Chrome which allows you to find out what your page would be like for a screen reader user, as well as how your page might look to users with visual impairments
  • Site Spell
    Extension for Chrome which highlights misspelt words on a webpage.
  • WAVE Evaluation Tool
    Extension for Chrome which runs automated tests to let you see what accessibility issues you may have with your page. It's also available for Firefox - WAVE Firefox add-on.
  • WCAG Color contrast checker
    Extension for Chrome which allows you to check if there is sufficient contrast between text and background. It's also available for Firefox - WCAG Color contrast checker Firefox add-on.

Useful Links