Accessibility - Accessibility

Everyone who works on Department for Education services has a role to play in making services accessible and inclusive.

Important: Changes to WCAG are coming

We have created guidance on understanding and applying the 9 new criteria in WCAG 2.2.

Accessibility assurance should not be left until carrying out an evaluation. Manual and automated ccessibility testing, testing with users with access needs and design reviews should be done throughout the service delivery lifecycle.

We are legally required to ensure all content available through a browser (websites, services, and apps) are accessible, regardless of whether they are for staff internal use, or external users.

When we talk about accessibility we must not think of it as just people with disabilities, it also means supporting everyone with temporary, situational and permenant access needs who may be using assisitve technology.

In the UK, one in five people have a disability and around 15% of people are thought to be neurodiverse .

Estimate how many people using your website might be disabled. This will help you consider the types of people who may be using your service and who you should be testing with.

Updated: January 2023

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