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Adam Turner

Help with improving website accessibility

Accessibility


If up to now you haven’t prioritised the accessibility of your website, but have been intending to, it’s the perfect opportunity to make the move. Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is often a great time to get started on improving web accessibility and give this important activity the time it deserves.

When teams tackle accessibility for the first time, they often lack confidence and knowledge in the topic. Thankfully, there are a huge number of useful resources that can really help you get started. Here are 15 useful resources, including a number of useful articles from this blog, that can help you consider your approaches and get you up and running.

  1. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Overview

    The definitive guidelines on accessibility from the Web Accessibility Initiative, including both WCAG 2.0 and 2.1.

  2. How to meet WCAG (quick reference)

    A quick reference guide to the guidelines from the Web Accessibility Initiative, although still quite detailed.

  3. Making your service accessible: an introduction

    Useful overview from the GOV.UK service manual slanted towards public sector organisations, but good for all those starting out with accessibility.

  4. Understanding WCAG 2.1

    Another useful quick read from the folks at GOV.UK, again part of the service manual.

  5. Global Accessibility Awareness Day

    Details of this important annual event and what is happening around the world to mark it.

  6. The Sitemorse INDEX results

    An incredible website benchmarking resource that includes accessibility. Years of data across different sectors including UK public sector organisations help you to benchmark your organisation.  

  7. Making the business case for accessibility 

    Some tips from Sitemorse on how to make the business case for accessibility.

  8. Ten key statistics about accessibility

    Some statistics and numbers that you can use in a business case or in discussions with stakeholders.

  9. Sitemorse weekly accessibility bulletin

    Each week we feature an update with all the latest accessibility news relating to compliance, guidance, legal action and more. It’s a great way to keep up to date on what’s happening. The link above shows a typical recent update.

  10. Six tips for writing a good accessibility statement

    Some tips from Sitemorse on writing an accessibility statement for your website.

  11. Sample accessibility statement from the Government Digital Service (GDS)

    A model accessibility statement from the GDS that can be used as a template or starting point for your own.

  12. Who is accountable for the accessibility of your website?  and also the accompanying elements that need to be in place to drive accountability

    A two-part thought piece from us about how the importance of accountability in improving accessibility and what needs to be in place to make that happen.

  13. Are you being given the full picture about accessibility?

    Thoughts from Sitemorse that gives context to the tools you need to use for improving accessibility.

  14. BBC’s guide to accessibility

    This is aimed at users rather than digital teams, but it includes some useful explanations and may be worth dipping into when thinking about how you want to support your users.

  15. Tips for improving accessibility during the coronavirus crisis as well as accessibility on online meetings

    Some tips from Sitemorse on keeping accessibility in mind during the current pandemic.

We hope you found these links useful!

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