EU Web Accessibility Directive: What is it?
The Equality Act 2010 states that businesses and organisations are required to be accessible to all. As of 23rd September 2018, the introduction of The EU Accessibility Directive requires all public sector bodies to ensure that their websites and apps comply with a 2014 EU standard adapted to the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) at level AA (currently WCAG 2.0). It aims to make public sector digital content more accessible for the estimated 80 million Europeans, living with a disability. Documents and forms that can be downloaded from digital platforms also need to meet the required standards. Public sector organisations include national/regional/local authorities such as local councils or regional assemblies, educational establishments and any body established to provide services to the public.
In order to meet the diverse needs of a population where one in five UK residents is living with a disability, what can organisations do to ensure that the new accessibility standards are adhered to?
There are a range of options public sector bodies can utilise for producing accessible documents which can be uploaded to websites and apps, including:
So, what does that mean for you?
If you are a public sector body or work with a public sector body, your website, apps and documents MUST be accessible to all.
- Websites published after 23rd September 2018 will need to comply with the regulations by 23 September 2019
- Websites published before 23rd September 2018 will need to comply with the regulations by 23 September 2020
- All apps will need to comply with the regulations by 23 June 2021
With over 25 years’ experience of producing documents in accessible formats and training, Connect is ideally placed to help companies embrace the new regulations, and we offer a number of packages for you to choose from.