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Digital Accessibility is about ensuring the online learning environment and resources are usable for all students and staff, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

On these pages, you will find guidance on how best to meet the legislation requirements and provide an improved learning environment for all.

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New accessible Microsoft Word and Powerpoint templates

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

We are pleased to announce the launch of new Microsoft Word and Powerpoint templates that have been adjusted to enhance accessibility. All colleagues are encouraged to make the best use of these templates in your work, including for teaching materials. Please use them instead of previous versions.

The new Word template uses lower case (after the first capital letter) for headers, includes alternative text for our logo, and improved spacing for ease of use with screen readers. The new Powerpoint template again uses lower case for headers, as well as including an option for a cream background.

These templates support our Policy on Inclusive Practice in Teaching & Learning, launched in January 2018. The Policy provides clarity and emphasis to our commitment to an inclusive approach, as set out in the Curriculum Framework and our Teaching & Learning Strategy. It also helps meet our legal requirement to support all students.

The launch of the Policy was supported by a range of resources to support colleagues to create accessible teaching and learning materials. These new Microsoft templates are a valuable addition to this suite of existing resources.

If you have any queries or feedback about the accessibility of the new templates, please contact it@reading.ac.uk.

New Web Accessibility Statement

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

A new Web Accessibility Statement has been developed by the Content Accessibility Working Group. This statement covers our main website platform (www.reading.ac.uk) and in due course will cover all our websites and mobile applications.

For more details, the statement can be read in full on the accessibility statement page.

If you or your team are creating a new website or mobile app, please contact our Web Accessibility Team that can help you to create it in line with our Accessibility legal requirements, as well as linking to the Accessibility Statement.

The University of Reading is committed to providing an inclusive environment, and to ensuring digital accessibility for as many users as possible. Digital accessibility is about removing and reducing barriers to enable users to engage with our digital services and content. Accordingly, we are committed to making our websites and mobile applications accessible in accordance with The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 No.952, and specifically WCAG 2.1 AA standards.

For further support contact the Web Accessibility Team

Implementing new accessibility regulations

Friday, 20 September 2019

In response to government legislation, public sector web content needs to meet new accessibility regulations. This will have an impact across the University including teams supporting the web and any member of staff creating content.

Key features of the legislation are:

  • From September 2019, online content produced since September 2018 will need to meet accessibility regulations.
  • From September 2020, all existing online content will need to be remediated in order to meet accessibility regulations.
  • From June 2021, all mobile applications will need to meet accessibility regulations.

Content Accessibility Working Group has been established to fully understand the effects of the new legislation and to advise on what needs to be done to ensure the University is compliant with the regulations.

Please look out for further communications in the coming months.

For more information contact our team: WebAccessibilityTeam@reading.ac.uk